Raila urges senators to support revenue formula

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ODM leader Raila Odinga on Sunday met with a section of Jubilee leaders to discuss the third basis revenue sharing formula that is set to be discussed in senate on Tuesday. The leaders met at Cotu chairperson Francis Atwoli’s home in Kajiado County.

In the meeting were Kenya national Congress Party leader Peter Kenneth and Jubilee vice chairman David Murathe. Kenneth confirmed that the meeting had organised to discuss the matter that has caused sharp divisions in the senate.

The adoption of the formula proposed by the Commission of Revenue Allocation (CRA) that prioritises population as a parameter of revenue allocation has been postponed six times after senators failed to agree.

Kenneth confirmed that Raila agreed to rally his senators to support the formula and that Siaya Senator James Orengo was charged with the role of bringing the leaders together. Kenneth further noted that top on the agenda of the meeting was finding ways of using the handshake to ensure the third basis formula is passed.

In the meeting, the former presidential candidate said, each side of the handshake agreed to rally its people to support it. Out of the 25 senators who opposed the formula on Tuesday, 18 were allied to the National Super Alliance (Nasa) led by Raila while the rest were members of the jubilee party.

Last week, Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata vowed to ensure that the formula makes it on Tuesday. Kang’ata however noted that he had been able to heal the divisions in the Jubilee Party by bringing on board both Kieleweke and Tanga Tanga senators to support it.

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