What’s the Fate of CRA
Some ODM senators have vowed to reject Raila’s directive on the revenue bill he gave yesterday. Raila felt like it is time lawmakers adopted the formulae that originated from the commission for Revenue Allocation.
This comes after the Senate failed to settle down on an agreed formula. This led the former prime minister to intervene as President Uhuru Kenyatta summoned the senators for a Parliamentary Group meeting in an attempt to handle the rivalry.
Some of the people against the bill include ODM’s Johne’s Mwaruma (Taita Taveta). Stewart Madzayo (Kilifi), Issa Juma Boy (Kwale), Jubilee’s Anwar Loitiptip (Lamu), and Wiper’s Ali Wario (Tana River).
”This is not about party positions but personal to us senators from the Coast. We will be further marginalized if this bill is passed. Our region has long been neglected. We are not going to give in for the sake of devolution. The basic amount that any county should get is the sharable revenue in the last financial year,” Madzayo stated
Mwarauma also added that counties have already passed budgets and adopting a different formula will affect development.
Narok senator Ledama Ole Kina, however, urged the senators to adopt the bill.
“There is no way we will be divided on this. We shall vote for Kenya and we will not divide Kenya. My brothers in the Coast, North and Eastern regions, we must stand together on this,” Ledama tweeted.
Senate Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang’ata lauded ODM leader Raila Odinga’s rallying call to Senators. Kang’ata had earlier on questioned the support of ODM politicians, arguing that their decision to reject the bill would dent the future of the Building Bridges Initiative and the handshake.
“We appreciate the bold statement by Raila on this matter. It moves the discussion forward. I do also celebrate other national leaders (among them Deputy President William Ruto) who have issued statements on the matter,” Kang’ata stated