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Governor Waiguru defends new revenue sharing method

By Nanjinia Wamuswa | January 5th 2019 at 12:00:00 GMT +0300

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru. [Photo, Standard]

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has defended the new formula on revenue sharing to counties.

Ms Waiguru said even if it was not the best, the debate on county revenue allocation requires sober deliberation.

“That is what the current proposed formula has tried to balance. It is not perfect, but it addresses issues that affect Kenyans from a service delivery context,” Waiguru, who is also vice chair of the Council of Governors, said.

She spoke a day after leaders from Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (Asals) under the Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) and Pastoralist Parliamentary Group threatened to move to court to challenge the new formula proposed by Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA).

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“We find this formula to be very unfair to Asal counties. The parameters are subjective and discriminatory. The CRA consultative draft does not state basis on which they chose these parameters while using population as basic denominator,” Mandera Governor Ali Roba said. 

Roba, who is also the chairperson of FCDC, said, based on the new formula, the population factor shall therefore determine close to 70 per cent of resource allocations.

However, Waiguru said the census, which will naturally impact the formula, will be a scientific process and will be carried out by an independent institution. [Nanjinia Wamuswa] 

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