June 25, 2021

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Senate Majority Whip and Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata. PHOTO: The Star

Mt Kenya Won’t Support BBI if Senators Fail to Pass New Revenue Bill – Kang’ata

Central region will not support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) should senators fail to pass the proposed County Allocation of Revenue Bill.

The bill is proposing a one man, one vote, one shilling revenue sharing formula.

This means that the national cake, if the bill gets the senators nod will be shared based on population and not land mass as previously done.

The senate chief whip Irungu Kang’ata said the BBI is envisioned to fairly distribute resources based on population of regions and Mt Kenya region, which enjoys a large population must get its rightful share.

“If they don’t support the committee’s proposals, that means that other senators do not support BBI. If they fail to pass this motion, we will also be forced to rethink the BBI,” he said.

The senate is expected to convene a special sitting on Tuesday next week to deliberate the heated motion that has been opposed by senators and MPs, most from North Eastern and Nyanza regions.

Kang’ata said that failure to enact the new formula will result to a constitutional crisis leaving all the devolved units to grapple serious financial constraints.

Already, he said a section of governors have started complaining after they failed to pay bills and workers.

“This tussle has deteriorated the economic situation in the country as it means roads and other developments won’t be done,” he said.

He insisted that the senate will not adjourn the motion again in a sitting that has been organized for Tuesday.

“Tuesday is now or never and if they fail to pass, BBI is dead on arrival,” he added.

The senate adjourned a special session convened to debate the contentious third basis for sharing revenue among the 47 counties.

This is the fourth time the speaker adjourned the debate on the disputed revenue formula.

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