Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja on Tuesday alleged that he was being trailed by police officers over his sentiments regarding the proposed revenue sharing formula. While speaking at the Senate, Sakaja said he could not even sleep at his house on Monday evening as there was word that he would be arrested.

He added that he informed IG Hillary Mutyambai of the same but nothing was done.

“On Friday I was being trailed by a police officers, DCI, vehicle KBZ 317W. I saw them and they left. I raised it with the Inspector General of Police and he did not respond,” he said.

“Yesterday (Monday) there were reports of my impending arrest so that I’m not here today (Tuesday)…I didn’t even stay at my own home, I was in the Senate buildings at 5.30 am, I sat in my car in the basement until mid-day, that is not a laughing matter,” he said.

On banners that were erected to tarnish his name in different parts of the city, Sakaja said it was the work of detractors who do not agree with his sentiments regarding the revenue sharing formula. “…the objective was for me not to come to the House, now that I have come and I have voted, those who want to come and arrest me, please go ahead,” he added.

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“You have seen the vitriol, you have seen the banners against me out there for me to change my position, I am not one to be intimidated…I will not be intimidated. I stand for one Kenya,” he maintained. The Senate on Tuesday voted to adjourn the County Revenue Allocation formulae debate once again to allow members more time to consult on the matter making it the seventh time the debate has been postponed.

Thirty-four senators voted to adjourn the motion against 26 who opposed.  Busia Senator Amos Wako abstained. The adjournment motion by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen pursuant to Senate Standing Order 105, sought adjournment of the debate on the motion for the Approval of the Third Basis for Revenue Allocation among counties.

"Adjourning the motion will create room for further consultation on the matter," said Murkomen. Siaya Senator James Orengo and his Bungoma counterpart Moses Wetangula, however, urged the Senate to speed up the consultations in order to resume the motion as soon as possible.