The DP has opened his purse to various youth and women’s groups in a fightback strategy to raise his profile ahead of 2022.
Inua Mama, a female politicians lobby group supporting DP Ruto’s 2022 bid has made a grand comeback. This follows a four-month hiatus after the outfit ran out of funds to run its operations across the republic.
According to reports, DP Ruto has pumped millions into the women-only lobby group and tasked Kandara MP Alice Wahome to revive its activities across the country. Before it went on a financial comma, Inua Mama outfit was responsible for making various donations across the republic, to women and different youth groups.
“DP Ruto has revived Inua Mama and their budget reviewed upwards. Alice Wahome will lead the team as before, and it helps as she comes from the Mt Kenya region.”
The Reactor Review has learned that Inua Mama plans to consolidate a strong women’s movement in the country that will later be used to vigorously campaign for Dr. Ruto in the 2022 General Election.
Inua Mama was hosted to a luncheon by Garissa Woman Representative Anab Subow Gure on Friday, August 7 where they mapped their way forward regardless of President Uhuru’s order to disband the political women groups.
In early 2020, Subow delivered a bouncing baby boy who she named Ruto, in honor of Deputy President William Ruto.
On Tuesday, the Senate adjourned debate on the county revenue sharing formula in order to build consensus on the matter. There was a proposal on the table by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja that was not only fraudulent but also populist in nature.
The Sakaja proposal purporting to create a bracket so that the first Sh.316 billion put aside for counties will be distributed not only using the old formula but also using the old demographic.
This does not solve the problem at hand, which is the equitable distribution of resources.
There is a general agreement that there was some unfairness in the distribution of resources in the last seven years using the first and second formulas, which disadvantaged some counties.
This is why the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) embarked on the overhaul of the second-generation formula as it was found to be inadequate.
One of the things that made many disagree with the second-generation formula was the reliance on the 2009 population census, which admittedly, had errors in it. This means that other parameters in the formula were also inadequate as they relied on data from the same census.
The 2019 census revealed an unexplained drop in population in several counties, undoing the mistakes in the 2009 report. It is well established that the new formula will mean a reduction in the money received in several counties and an increase in others.
The thing about population is that it does not grow at the same rate in the different counties. Therefore, it is obvious that the change in demographics will mean that some counties, regardless of what formula is employed, will receive less money than before.
The so-called One Kenya formula, which purports to promote marginalized areas, does two deplorable things. First, it will give counties money for populations they do not have. Some counties will receive up to Sh.18 billion for populations they do not have which in itself is a criminal act.
Secondly, to prop up those counties that are getting the extra money, they are deducting it from counties that were supposed to get funding in favor of others in marginalized areas. The narrative built is that money will be removed from populous counties to marginalized counties while it’s the reverse in the One Kenya formula.
As an example, for Mandera to get enough money, it will have to be removed from another county. This means that the Sakaja formula is used to marginalize the populous counties to benefit the less populated ones. Over and above being unequal, the old formula by itself was very inequitable. Sakaja’s formula entrenches inequality.
The notion being propelled that for equitable distribution to happen, counties must get the same amount that they have been getting before is fallacious. Senator James Orengo has on record spoken about equity as envisioned in the Constitution, which is the equitable sharing of revenue.
The Constitution clearly provides for the principles that must be put into consideration when allocating money to counties. One of these principles is that we must ensure that counties are able to perform their functions.
Therefore, taking money away from populous counties to feed the less populous once negates what the Constitution requires. Counties with high populations need more health facilities – education, roads et cetera – as compared to the others.
It is therefore fallacious to attempt to arm-twist the country to just throw money at marginalized counties yet the money will not be serving any particular population. One would even argue that some counties have been receiving more than their fair share of the national cake.
As senators retreat to find an answer, any settlement must ensure that all counties do what is due to them. There cannot be an arrangement where counties will not get what is due to them so that other counties can benefit
Though it feels like yesterday, more than two years have now passed since the famous Handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga. It was a Handshake watched around the world, and one that changed Kenya and how the world sees us forever.
Our history has been marred by tribalism and ethnic warfare, by a general lack of trust among different groups.
This has come not only from the bottom up but also from the top down. Over the past six or so decades, certain tribes were at a disadvantage based on who was representing them in Parliament and in the Executive.
While some groups kept on growing and becoming wealthier, others were relegated to the background. This was an outcome of both systemic and institutional discrepancies that served some at the expense of others, and thus increasing social inequality.
This inequality erupted in post-election violence with each election cycle. Now, Kenya is seen by the outside world as the pearl of East Africa, as a place of stability and prosperity, of strength and progress. But when it came to electing new leaders, there was chaos and all the hard work of the preceding years was undone.
This, among other deeply problematic issues in our society, is why we need to renew ourselves. It is why we need to work together to come up with a solution that benefits not some, but all Kenyans.
It started with a Handshake. Two opposing leaders, on different sides since birth, decided that the time had arrived to bury the hatchet.
Enough baggage from previous generations. This is the 21st century, and the time has come to move on. So, Uhuru offered his hand to Raila, and he took it. This was the first proof we got that these leaders are working for the good of the people, of the whole nation – and not just for their respective tribes.
After that came the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). It might be hard for some of us to fully understand, and many are still wondering exactly what it is. But it is something we need to trust in, and something we need to care about. All of the information is online. For those wondering what the BBI actually entails, they can find information on the report’s official website and join the dialogue.
To put it simply, it is a comprehensive report highlighting what Kenyans want: unity, stability, prosperity – whatever you want to label it. And in more complex terms, the BBI uses the answers provided by thousands of Kenyans, representing all different tribes, religions, ages, and walks of life regarding what they want for our country’s future.
Among other things, we need more harmony and understanding between each other, and this should lead to better representation in government. The President has taken the first step and the responsibility of initiating the change from the top down.
It is a major opportunity. And for all those who purport to want Kenya to change for the better, the BBI is exactly the chance they have been searching for. It would be foolish to reject it without understanding what it entails, or how comprehensive it is. There is too much animosity between different ethnic groups here.
Too much corruption has threatened our ability to operate as a free and fair democracy. And while the Covid-19 pandemic only adds to our problems, we have faced tougher challenges in the past. It can be overcome.
But we cannot fight it if we are not standing together. We should be embracing each other – metaphorically, of course – rather than arguing over who gets to run the show. This is a democracy, and there is only one way to run the show: together.
There will always be negative voices in the crowd, those who do not believe in the strength of unity and the power of change. Let them say what they want, for their negative energy can never overpower the energy of optimism.
And for all of us optimists in the room, all that we can do is continue to support the prospect of a prosperous Kenya, of a bright future ahead of us.
The light is already coming through the cracks in the wall, and as long as we stand together, it will only shine brighter and brighter. This is the time for every Kenyan to stand for what is just, fair and meant to make life better for all of us. It can be done. Let’s do it.
An inordinate amount of time is spent by political leaders bickering about 2022 instead of addressing hunger pangs of now. The President seems alone in trying to focus the republic toward a sober political space.
I wish that politicians were the only ones letting us down and making us angry, but there is one other institution that is a fabulous let down. An institution that is shrouded in mystery and traditions that protect its own and cannibalises the nation, all the while hiding under the cloak of independence. That institution is called the Judiciary.
The Judiciary is the place where people have cases that started in 1996 and are still being heard in 2020. The Kenyan Judiciary is the place where the Akashas were innocent. Britons implicated in the chicken gate scandal have finished serving their sentences while their Kenyan counterparts went scot-free – that’s the kind of Judiciary we have.
The Judiciary in Kenya is still manual. Judges write long notes ensuring that the witnesses and lawyers have to speak at the speed of the judges’ handwriting; basically ensuring that procedures will always be slow. Stenography is an alien concept in our courts, they will blame low budgets, but I will call it strategy. It is strategy because digital files are harder to steal than handwritten files.
Beyond stenography, they also refuse to record court proceedings. Everyone knows that voice recording is not a billion shillings affair, but who wants to have an accurate record of events? All this resistance to change, in the Judiciary, is not about exquisite tradition; it is instead in keeping with the unholy union between our courts and corruption in the name of the law and separation of powers.
Just last year the courts ruled that if the police were to raid your home with a search warrant, they needed to tell you in advance that they were coming. Though this ruling was overturned, the reasoning behind such a ruling has to be questioned. First, it is obvious that the ruling was made in aid of the criminal. Can you imagine being a drug peddler and the police have to tell you days in advance before they raid you? I am sure by the time they show up, you will be a born again saint, tongue talking and demon chasing. This ruling was made to aid the corrupt.
To add insult to injury, the Judiciary once struck out the civil forfeiture part of the fight against corruption. They said that it was wrong to be asked to explain where your property came from and if you couldn’t, such properties be surrendered to the State. For over five years, people with unexplained wealth could flaunt it with reckless abandon, knowing that even if they are arrested, they would continue to enjoy their wealth until they exhausted all avenues of appeal.
The Judiciary didn’t stop there. They could issue stay orders barring your arrest and even barring the police from investigating you. How ridiculous could our Judiciary get? In what mad world could a criminal stop himself from being investigated or arrested? All these rulings were meant to frustrate prosecution and aid criminality. But if you ask the Judiciary, they will tell you they are following the Constitution, and asking them to explain themselves is to threaten judicial independence.
The judicial charade doesn’t stop there. When the DCJ was taken to court, the judicial community said the process of removing a judge lies with the Judicial Service Commission. They must go through a special process that is done by their peers. Peers who have an interest in not being prosecuted either because if the Akashas are to be believed, then they too have skeletons in their closets. This basically means that corrupt judges are untouchable and indeed all judges mentioned by the Akashas as bribe recipients are still giving “righteous” judgements in our court system.
To add insult to injury, the office of the judicial ombudsman is not independent. It is headed by the DCJ; meaning that when a judge wrongs you, the matter will be settled by a judge. They are then in this case the players and the referee. Never mind that they already act like a pack of wolves, you dare speak against them and they will throw the book at you.
It is true that the Judiciary needs more funding. However, there are changes that need to be made that need a change of heart and mind, not increased budget. Hiring stenographers is cheaper than changing the Mercedes Benzes our judges ride every year. Digitising records is something that many donors are willing to do, but our Judiciary says the spirit is willing but their flesh is weak. It is within their grasp to change how justice is dispensed.
Cases take too long in this country, and there are many we can cite. This is the sad reality of the Kenyan Judiciary. Justice delayed is justice denied, and that is why the Sh.143 billion worth of corruption cases are moving slowly. While the cases are moving slowly, the suspects are free and elections will come and go. With fresh elections, the judges who are frustrating these cases will keep hoping that the new political class will maintain the status quo.
The new County Revenue Allocation, CRA formula is what will steer this country forward, it is the formula that will make Counties more resourceful, with citizens who have equitable access to exploit opportunities that have been for years unavailable. With it will come an exponential growth in the country’s GDP as a majority of Counties will benefit and total to 29 Counties.
However, there are those Counties whose leaders are hell-bent on creating unnecessary detraction and noise shouting that they are entitled to the previous formula that ensured they were allocated billions that have been largely underutilised and unused and thereby denying other Kenyans a fair share of resource allocation. Out of a Sh100 billion Kenyan economy, Counties that are shouting for more allocation only contribute Sh3.2 billion with the rest coming from other Counties that are working towards creating greater amounts of wealth for the country.
It makes no sense for North Eastern Counties to have a greater allocation of revenue yet they only contribute 3 per cent of the GDP while Nairobi and Kiambu alone contribute 30 per cent of the GDP. This means that such Counties that have rode on the propaganda of marginalisation and want to continue sucking out resources from other counties where people work hard to maximize on the available resources.
The country has been on a losing streak from the second revenue allocation that was based on four disbursement parameters but the new revenue allocation offers ten parameters that include population, poverty indices and landmass, and will ensure Counties that were receiving fewer funds get more while those that were getting more get a small reduction. Such utterances of marginalisation are only meant to ensure overdepency on other resourceful and productive Counties.
Callous, careless and selfish is what should be termed of leaders who are only out to deter development of the people they represent or assume to lead. Leaders who have seemingly lost focus on ensuring there is fairness and equality. Leaders who are only after their selfish political ambitions characterized by greed, betrayal and the need to control and manipulate through power. Three key people, Senator Johnson Sakaja Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Deputy President William Ruto. All out to betray, manipulate and further forestall the the debate on the revenue allocation formula.
The decision to adjourn debate on the Third Basis for Revenue Allocation formula among County Governments was wrong and selfish of leaders who are only after their own interests and own political future. if you thought that Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen moved the motion to allow for a bi-partisan and all-inclusive arrangement on the formula, well think again. These leaders think they can take Kenyans for granted and for fools, especially the people they represent or those they would be seeking votes from.
Nairobi Senator working in cohorts with Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, had realized they had realized that choices have consequences. Sakaja who had with vigour shot down the revenue allocation formula woke up and realized the mess he had brought upon the people of Nairobi. He realized that he had out rightly and in defiance betrayed the President without remorse. However, upon a realization that his political future is at stake has made a rejoinder and is using the adjournment to seek to save his face.
Similarly, politicking aimlessly was William Ruto who had read the fine details of the revenue allocation bill. Ru to had termed the proposed formula as divisive and that which ‘lacks wisdom but now instructed Senator Kipchumba Murkomen’ to move a motion for an adjournment upon coming to the realisation that his stand on the proposed revenue allocation was erroneous and that which indeed ‘lacked wisdom’. This is only after he realised that his decision would cost his Mt Kenya following. For Ruto, it is about his 2022 voters and his dwindling ambitions. Why do you think Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria took a swift about turn on and showed his support for the proposed formula or even why Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika supported Senator Irungu Kangata on the matter yet she had openly castigated it. Such indecisiveness and self interest as leaders is what the country does not require.