By Ndungu Gachane
The third generation revenue sharing formula will be approved by the Senate special sitting but will be delayed for one year, Senate Chief Whip Irungu Kangata has disclosed.
The special sitting which will be held today (Monday) was sanctioned following a disagreement by Governors and Senators from Northern counties who have since described the new formula proposed by Commission of Revenue Allocation (CRA) as anti devolution.
The formula calls for revenue sharing based on population and not land which was the parameter used in the second generation revenue sharing formula.
The new formula will give Mt Kenya region an additional Sh3.2 billion owing to its enhanced population but will disadvantage Northern counties which have been receiving huge amount of money.
According to Senator Kangata, the formula will be given a one year transition to give way to completion of projects in all the counties and especially the affected ones and also to give way for the passage of Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report which he says recommends increased revenue allocation to all the 47 counties.
“The directives are that the formula be approved by the special sitting but its implementation be delayed for one year, to ensure that all ongoing projects are finalised and also to ensure that BBI is passed so that no county will be a casualty,” Mr Kangata said.
He faulted leaders from Northern counties for under hand dealings during the 2009 census to cook numbers which they they used to influence the allocation of funds to their counties.
“They cooked numbers in 2009 census and influenced the allocation of revenue but this time round we were vigilant and ensured things are straightened up,” he added.
Mr Kangata said should the Senate fail to approve the new formula, the country could plunge into a constitutional crisis.
But Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi believes once the formula is approved, it should be implemented immediately to prevent the underhand dealings by leaders from Nothern Counties such as getting orders to stop the new formula just as they did in the last formula.
“Last time, upon getting wind that the Minister for Planning and the current Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya objected the census report, they sought orders from their son one Justice Warsame to block the move, the former formulas have been based on activism and insinuations that poverty in Mt Kenya region is justified, resources must follow functions,” he said.