Kiambu Senator sues government over allocation of revenue formula


Kiambu Senator sues government over allocation of revenue formula

Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi has moved to court to challenge the formula being used by the national government in the allocation of revenue to counties.

Through his lawyer Kibe Mungai, Wamatangi has sued the Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA) and Attorney General Githu Muigai saying the formula adopted by the commission is discriminatory.

The Senator argues the commission has failed to propose a proper formula for fair allocation of funds to county governments.

Wamatangi now wants national government barred from disbursing any revenue to counties until the case is heard and determined.

The AG and CRA, however, want the case dismissed terming it an abuse of the court process.

Justice Joseph Onguto is set to rule on the matter on the 26th of this month.

Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the 2016 Division of Revenue Bill and the Supplementary Appropriation Bill.

The Division of Revenue Act provides for the equitable division of revenue raised nationally between the National and County Governments in the 2016/17 Financial Year.

County Governments have been allocated Ksh 280.3 billion while the Equalization Fund has been allocated Ksh 6 billion.

Out of the total revenue allocation for the National Government, the funds set aside for conditional grants to the County Governments amounts to Ksh 21.9 billion.

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