By Ndungu Gachane
Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kangata has promised senators who opposed the new revenue formula for a political duel come Tuesday next week.
Mr Kangata said they should not cerebrate yet, as he is marshalling more members to back the proposal that calls for population as a factor of revenue sharing across the 47 counties.
Speaking at Gaitheri Primary School on Thursday during the burial of Wairimu Kihoro grandmother to Mp Ndindi Nyoro, he said although he had played his cards, Opposition let him down.
He defended those opposed to his leadership reminding them that his work was to purely and purposely whip Jubilee leaders and that he did it diligently and effectively.
“I was able to singlehandedly bring the Kieleweke and Tanga Tanga leaders to vote for the revenue sharing, in fact even most of the Senators dewhipped from their positions voted in favour of the formula, I brought the two factions together for the first time,” the Senator said.
He exempted himself for the blame saying the Handshake partners failed to support the formula and that he was not obligated to whip them.
He however cautioned Senators who opposed the formula not to celebrate saying he has reached out to more Senators who will support the formula on Tuesday.
“I once watched a football match between Brazil and Nigeria and Nigeria had three goals in round one, but when I woke up the following day, Brazil had been able to get 4 goals and emerged the winner, the Senators won round one but let them wait for round two,” he said.
On their part MPs Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu) Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) and Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira) blamed Opposition Chief Raila Odinga for the flopping of the formula saying his partnership deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta was malicious and hypocritical wondering why he did not whip his Senators to pass the formula.
“This man has never been honest and truthful, how comes he whipped Senators allied to him when they wanted to destroy Jubilee party through removing Senators allied to Deputy President William Ruto but he could not instruct them to vote for the reforms,” Mr Gachagua wondered.
On his part Mr Kuria said.. “We are hated and despised by other communities and a time has come to think twice on how they treat us, we thought Mr Odinga would help the government to push for the revenue sharing formula which calls for equity in revenue sharing, he is a wolf in sheep’s skin when he joined the President for peace deal,” Mr Kuria noted.
He wondered how a county like Kiambu with over 1.1 million people recieved Sh9 billion while five counties in North Eastern with 700000 voters received Sh45 billion.
He urged the President to be cautious with Mr Odinga claiming he is after getting his tittle and not after assisting him seek for peace and unity of the nation.
“Mr Odinga is like a man who is up and arms against his father for inheritance, all what he want from the President is his tittle and not for the better of the nation, I had warned him,” he said.
Mr Nyoro on his part said the Jubilee was duped into handshake only for scrapping of the unity of Jubilee and not for wellness of the country.
“How comes numbers were available to oust Susan Kihika, Kipchumba Murkomen and Kithure Kindiki, there were also enough numbers from Opposition to sanitize Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru but when it comes to a bill that will address the inequalities that Mt Kenya has faced over the years, we were skeptical about his handshake deal,” Mr Nyoro said.