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Senators shoot down proposal to postpone third formula implementation

Senators shoot down proposal to postpone third formula implementation

Senators have shot down a proposal to defer the implementation of the proposed third formula for revenue allocation to counties to the 2021/2022 fiscal year.

The motion, which was moved by Senate Majority Whip, Senator Irungu Kang’ata, was shot down by 25 Senators.

22 Senators were in support of the deferred implementation of the proposed revenue allocation basis.

Led by Senator Kang’ata and Senate Minority Leader, Siaya Senator James Orengo, had called for a postponement of debate on the now contentious formula which seeks to introduce population size into the determination of the share of revenue to a Counties.

The committee has proposed the new formula takes effect in 2021-22, against Senator Kangata’s need for it to begin in 2022-23.

This was seen as a strategy to entice those opposing the formula to endorse it.

Earlier, Finance and Budget Committee chairman Charles Kibiru (Kirinyaga) made a case for the disputed formula.

“We need to shift our gear from saying who gets what. This county is ours. We should ourselves, as a Senate, tonight question if we want this county to move forward. We have had over 20 simulations in the Committee,” said Kibiru.

He said the Senate should approve the formula and push for more allocations to the counties to ensure no county is left behind.

The debate which went past 9 pm was adjourned by Senate Deputy Speaker, Professor Margaret Kamar and is set to resume next Tuesday.

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