Deputy President William Ruto has on Monday broken his silence on the county revenue allocation stalemate that has been the subject of heated debate. The bone of contention is that the new formula of revenue allocation is alleged to favor some counties at the expense of others. It provides a new range of factors in determining the distribution of Sh316 billion allocated to counties by the national government. Senators have attempted to unlock the stalemate at several sittings to no avail despite consultations between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition Chief Raila Odinga.
The DP Ruto termed the stalemate as ‘unnecessarily divisive’ and called for fair and equitable sharing of the country’s resources.
The ongoing revenue formula debate is unnecessarily divisive.The Constitution envisages fair and equitable sharing of all our resources.The legislature MUST as per its MANDATE structure a WIN-WIN formula that is sensitive to proposals made without hurting any county. INAWEZEKANA.
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) July 27, 2020
DP Ruto’s sentiments come after Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen indicated that ‘75% of the Majority Party Leadership is opposed to a proposed formula marketed as the President’s’, shedding light into the deep-seated divisions within the Senate that has threatened to result in a cash crisis in counties.