A section of Kiambu Members of Parliament now want the government to implement the proposed revenue sharing formula to balance inequalities in resource distribution.
The legislators want the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) to be disbursed based on population as per the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census results.
Led by Simon King’ara (Ruiru) and Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), the MPs said that population size should be the main parameter in the computation of the revenue sharing formula.
They argued that 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census results were credible and gave correct population size in the regions and that the results should enable the government to come up with a fair formula to allocate funds equitably according to their people and needs.
King’ara on his part said that his constituency has been disadvantaged in terms of revenue sharing as it enjoys a huge population of 490,120 people as per the 2019 census report.
This, he said is more than the population of six counties such as Lamu, Taita/Taveta, Isiolo, Tana River, Samburu and Tharaka Nithi which enjoy a population of 143,920, 340671, 268,002, 315, 943, 310,327 and 393,177 people respectively.
Despite Ruiru being ranked number four among the highly populated towns in the country after Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru, King’ara regretted that his the constituency only receive Sh 109 million annually for development.
“In my constituency alone, over 80,000 learners report to school daily and am only supposed to use 30 percent of the total NG-CDF allocation as bursary. We need equity, disbursement of this fund as per the population of every constituency,” he said.
Kuria on his side said that resources must be disbursed in a one-man, one-vote, one-shilling formula and not the geographical size of a region.
He urged the government to consider subdividing Ruiru in three constituencies for better resource mobilization and equity in development.
“The national resources must be shared as per the population size of various regions and not their size of land. Resources must go to the people. This must also be included in the BBI to avoid disadvantaging some regions such as Ruiru,” he said.
The revenue sharing formula has become thorny with leaders from across the country now pushing to ensure their respective jurisdictions get more funds.