That President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto do not read from the same script is no longer a secret.
And with the County Revenue Sharing debate becoming a thorny issue in Uhuru’s administration, Deputy President has been at the fore front advocating for a formulae that will satisfy all counties.
For the first time, Uhuru Kenyatta weighed in on the debate, saying that he has nothing to do with the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) developed formula.
Yesterday while issuing Title Deeds to Embakasi residents at KICC in Nairobi, the President told that media that he should not be dragged into the senate debate, arguing that his time for talking is over as he was focused on working to deliver his promises to Kenyans.
“Do not pull me into the Senate debate. That was not my formula, it is CRA’s. My deeds will speak louder,” Uhuru said.
While defending the CRA formula, a visibly annoyed Uhuru said that it was wrong to deny more funds to Nairobi because it is more developed will severely hurt slum dwellers that live in squalid conditions.
“This formula was developed by CRA and taken to the Senate so funds are divided equitably. Why is it being said that Nairobi is a rich city, yet there are people in Korogocho who still use fly toilets? Don’t they have a right to the money? The truth will come out.” the President continued.
Ruto’s stand on the senate debate
Later in the day and in direct contradiction to his boss, DP Ruto waded deep into the senate debate, arguing that a win-win formula is the only solution to the impasse.
The DP said that while counties with huge populations had the right to have increased resources, no marginalized county should have its resources reduced.
“The gains should be moderated. It is possible for us to have a formula that gives Kenya a win-win scenario.” argued the DP.
Speaking to a delegation of leaders from Trans Nzoia and Bungoma counties at his Sugoi home, Ruto said that a win-win solution will unite the country, arguing that the senate had
everything it takes to ensure equity of funds.
“The Senate has the requisite leadership and wisdom to come up with a formula that takes into account all parameters and ensures populous counties have additional resources because we have all agreed that it is a constitutional requirement that we review the formula at this point in time,” Ruto said.
Reacting to Uhuru’s speech, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen tweeted that the president’s remarks were out of taste, saying “Heri wanaotafuta choo kwa maana wao wameshiba. Kuna wale wanakufa njaa ata haja ya choo hawana kwa maana hawajakula ama kunywa chochote”
Murkomen’s tweet loosely translates “Those who are looking for toilets are better off because they have eaten. There are those who are dying of hunger and have no need for a toilet because they have not eaten or drank anything,”
These latest development s come on the backdrop of a push and pull senate debate that culminated in the arrest of three senators; Cleophas Malala of Kakamega, Bomet’s Christopher Langat and Samburu’s Steve Lelegwe.
Already the 12 member committee has begun its sittings to try finding a solution to the standoff.
It comprises of senators Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Mutula Kilonzo (Makueni), Samson Cherargei (Nandi), Mahamud Mohamed (Mandera), Moses Kajwang (Homa Bay), Steward Madzayo (Kilifi), John Kinyua (Laikipia), Ledama Ole Kina (Narok) and Anwar Oleitiptip (Lamu).
The committee will be co-chaired by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula and Nairobi’s Johnson Sakaja.