Kangata to lead senators in opposing BBI report if Senate will not approve revenue sharing formula

By Ndungu Gachane

Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kangata. He has vowed to lead Senators to oppose BBI if Senate will not approve revenue sharing formula

Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kangata has issued a notice that the Senate will not adjourn again due to Third generation revenue sharing formula.

He said failure by North Eastern Senators to approve the Commission on Revenue Allocation’s formula will inform them to reject the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report which he said advocates for revenue sharing based on one man one vote one shilling formula.

According to the Whip, any Senator opposed to the formula was also opposed to the BBI recommendations saying Mt Kenya Senators will have no business supporting BBI if their colleagues will not make up their minds and support the CRA’s proposal.

“On Tuesday it will be a do or die, we shall never adjourn again due to the impasse, we have made up our minds, no Third generation revenue sharing formula no BBI,” Mr Kangata added.

He cautioned that failure to approve the proposal will lead to a serious constitutional crisis since the controller of budget can not approve the budgetary allocation to all 47 counties.

“We are heading to a serious constitutional crisis, failure by the Senate on Tuesday to pass the proposal will lead to counties failing to stock hospitals with medicine while County staff will not be paid,” he added.

Mr Kangata fed over 500 locals

Commission on Revenue Allocation is mandated by the constitution to review the formula on revenue allocation after every 6 years.

The proposal has been vehemently opposed by Northern Frontier Counties who have been the biggest beneficiary of the second generation revenue sharing formula which has been putting land as a factor for revenue sharing.

Counties like Tharaka Nithi, Mandera, Isiolo, among others will be the biggest casualties while those in Mt Kenya will be the biggest beneficiaries.

Mr Kangata talked to press on Saturday when he fed over 500 locals who have been adversely affected by Covid-19 pandemic.

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