BY KEVIN KOECH
Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro has accused Opposition chief Raila Odinga of masterminding the rejection of revenue allocation formula proposed by the Commission of Revenue Allocation (CRA) on how counties should share the KSh 316 billion kitty in 2020/2021 financial year.
The formula which flopped at the Senate for the fifth time on Tuesday, July 28, saw majority of senators allied to the opposition outfit vehemently reject it on grounds that it was designed to rob marginalised counties of resources to benefit the already well-endowed.
Speaking on Thursday, July 30, Nyoro claimed the former premier sent text messages to ODM senators and asked them to shoot down the proposed formula or risk losing their seats.
“The day that formula was supposed to be passed. He (Raila) wrote on newspapers asking senators to vote for the formula. However, on the same day, he sent messages to his allies telling them that if the formula is approved they would lose their seats,” said the Kiharu lawmaker.
Nyoro’s sentiments came in the backdrop of growing concerns on the visibly dwindling political ties between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the ODM leader.
A section of leaders from Mt Kenya region most of whom are allies of the president have started to lament about the erstwhile formidable relationship which was founded on March 9, 2018, through what became to be popularly known as the handshake.A@
On Saturday, July 25, Senate Chief Whip Irungu Kang’ata caused a stir after declaring he would be lobbying leaders from Mt Kenya region to reject the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report if the senators allied to the opposition chief were not going to support the proposed revenue formula.
“For us we have made the decision that on Tuesday no passage of the formula no BBI ,” said Kang’ata after walking out of a stormy meeting that saw the formula flop.
On Tuesday, Senate Deputy Speaker was forced to adjourn the sitting after lawmakers failed to agree on the proposals despite spending over eight hours in the House trying to reach a consensus.
At least 25 senators voted against the new formula, throwing it under the bus for the fifth time.
Shortly after shooting down the proposal, the defiant senators were heard signing and pledging loyalty to Kenya as they walked out of the chambers.
On Thursday, July 23, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka was forced to adjourn a sitting that had been convened to discuss the proposal after it became palpable the formula was going to be shot down.
Lusaka’s decision was highly criticised with a sector of senators led by Mutula Kilonzo Junior threatening to impeach him.
The deputy had 10 days earlier postponed the debate on the elusive formula after senators failed to agree.