Moses Kuria on revenue sharing: This is a victory for all Kenyans

Moses Kuria on revenue sharing: This is a victory for all Kenyans
Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria. PHOTO| COURTESY

I take this opportunity to express my delight over the passage of the 3rd Generation Formula for Revenue Sharing among counties.

This is a victory for all Kenyans in that:

1. By maintaining the weight of population at 18% and land mass at 8%, the formula comes as close ad possible to the One Man, One Vote, One Shilling AS A PRINCIPLE

2. By offering a transitional relief of Ksh.54 Billion CONDITIONAL GRANT, President Uhuru Kenyatta has made it possible to not only break the stalemate but also ensure that no county receives an allocation less than what they received in the Financial Year 2019/2020.

Further the extra Ksh.54 Billion is not a Harambee donation to Counties- It is a conditional grant which will be ring-fenced for health, water and roads and not left to the whims of Counties.

Whereas the Formula as passed ensures fairness in PRINCIPLE, the Ksh 54 Billion ensures that the fairness works in PRACTICE.

Thank you, Mr President Sir!

3. With the passage of the One Man, One Vote, One Shilling today, the Ksh 370 Billion if taken against an expected Ordinary Revenue of Ksh 2.1 Trillion over the same period represents 17.6 % of Revenue which is just slightly above the Constitutional threshold of 15% .

Now that the historical injustice in the formula has been cured, it is possible and even desirable to devolve even more funds to counties.

There is talk within the BBI circles of 45% of Revenue but with our runaway debt obligation and spiraling national wage and recurrent expenditure I do not see this being feasible. But even if we settle for 30% that would mean Ksh 750 Billion going to our counties.

Moral of the story.

Let’s have an Interparty Parliamentary Group (IPPG) to look at the good side of BBI and create a national consensus the way Senate and President Uhuru Kenyatta have done with the formula.

It is doable.

No one is absolutely right and no one is absolutely wrong.

This is a lesson that no single person will solve our problems. We have to sit and reason together as Kenyans.

The triumphalism of “No one can stop Reggae” goes against this spirit of reasoning and working together.

It has to stop. If we resorted to “No one Can Stop Reggae” in the Revenue Sharing Formula, nothing could be achieved

This is our country. Lets talk to each other not at each other

God Bless Kenya.

Moses Kuria is the Gatundu South MP and a former member of the budget committee.

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