Ukambani senators vow to defy party position on revenue sharing formula

Boniface Kabaka senator Machakos, ABC Arch Bishop Timothy Ndambuki, Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua and Makueni's Mutula Kilonzo Junior. The senators vowed to defy party positions on the revenue sharing formula. (Photo credit - Courtesy)

Senators from the 3 counties of Ukambani; Enoch Wambua of Kitui, Boniface Kabaka of Machakos, and Mutula Kilonzo junior of Makueni have vowed to defy party positions to pass the third generation sharing formula in the senate which will see counties such as Makueni and Kitui lose money.

The senators vowed to back the current formula that is being used (second generation) and will not succumb to any pressure to pass the third generation formula. The three-spoke after attending a Sunday service at ABC Bomani.

Last week, Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka backed the formula to allocate revenue based on population and urged the Senate to fast track the law governing the administration of the Equalization Fund as its purpose is to cushion the marginalized counties.

“We have been pushed by parties, we have been pushed by other quarters. Even the way we voted last week these forces we’re there but our stand still remains the same. We vote Kenya, not political parties.” Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior said.

Machakos Senator Boniface Kabaka took on Treasury CS Ukur Yattani ahead of Monday’s meeting to resolve the revenue sharing impasse.

Despite Machakos County gaining 45 million, Kabaka has vowed not to support the formula and stood with his Makueni and Kitui Counterparts, a position which resulted in an exchange between him and Governor Mutua. During the Senate debate on the revenue sharing formula, Orengo told off Mutua for politicizing the revenue sharing formula.

“Why should Yattani call for the meeting now and not last week. Even if we are given what, we will not relent at all. We stand with Kenya and maintain the second generation formula.” Kabaka said.

Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua noted that there was no CRA formula before the senate saying, ” There is no CRA formula before the senate. Sisi hatujaona. The meeting tomorrow they can meet. Nobody stops them from the meeting but the decision on which counties will get which money will be made at the floor of the house on Tuesday.”

On remarks that he had made that Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka should be impeached for adjoining the revenue sharing formula discussion, the vocal Makueni senator noted that it was just a threat and there was no such plan.

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