Meru County Governor Kiraitu Murungi has criticised the Senate for ‘trying to bring injustice’ in the country over the revenue allocation formula.
Kiraitu who said the House has been invaded by unknown demons accused a section of the Senators of playing politics of self-interest instead of focusing on reality and growth of devolved units
“I don’t know the kind of demon that has invaded the Senate instead of bringing justice in sharing of revenue, some are just playing politics of self-interest when Counties need funds to complete projects and fully implement devolution,” said Governor Kiraitu.
Speaking on Thursday as he donated 2,000 hand-washing water tanks to various churches, he said revenue should be shared equally and equitably across the 47 Counties.
He added that those Counties which are historically marginalised should be given additional funding support from the Sh20 billion kitties set aside in the sharing revenue criteria to boost the marginalised areas to catch up with the developed Counties.
“There is additional Sh20 billion funds set aside for sharing among the marginalised and Counties with historical injustices so the Sh316 billion need to be shared equally across the Counties without looking at huge landmass and population,” he further added.
He further added the new CRA formula if adopted without critical thinking and reality analysis, may end up killing devolution growth in some Counties.
He said Counties are currently facing financial crises urging the Senate to go back to the drawing board before they politicise the new revenue sharing formula.
The County chief at the same time cried foul that they have not paid workers for about two months now due to a delay of funds.
“Health workers are threatening to down tools over unpaid salaries. At this time we are fighting COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot risk halting service in our health facilities so the Senate should stop joking around and instead allow justice to all Counties in terms of fund allocation,” he added.
The debate has heated in the Senate following the past criteria of Arid and Semi-Arid regions (ASALs) receiving more funds per capita, more than the high populated Counties.