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Irungu Kang’ata: ODM Cannot Do Without Us, We Will Abandon BBI If They Won’t Support Revenue Allocation Bill

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Irungu Kang’ata: ODM Cannot Do Without Us, We Will Abandon BBI If They Won’t Support Revenue Allocation Bill

Murang’a Senator Irungu Kanga’ta has threatened to mobilise political leaders from Mt Kenya region to oppose the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

Kang’ata made the threats after the Senate failed for the fourth time to agree on the new formula proposed by the Commission of Revenue Allocation (CRA) on how counties should share the KSh 316 billion kitty from the national government.

After a flopped Saturday, July 25, sitting, the visibly frustrated Kanga’ta walked out and declared he would be mobilising the Mt Kenya region to reject the BBI report if the formula will not be approved in the sitting slated for Tuesday, July 28.

“For us we have made the decision that onTuesday no passage of the formula no BBI ,” said the Senate chief whip

The sentiments attracted a barrage of criticism from a section of senators who accused the chief whip of being too emotional and advancing selfish agenda Kakamega Senator Cleo Malala said no amount of intimidation of would change the position he has taken on the divisive matter.

“Senator Kanga’ta is bringing in his eccentric and selfish agenda in such an important matter. We cannot have a country where some regions are benefitting at the expense of others,” he said.

Senators have remained divided over the CRA formula that intends to slash budgetary allocation for some counties and increase the kitty for others has split the House right at the centre.

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.

“We should impeach Speaker Lusaka for adjourning the senate unlawfully! Bure (useless),” he tweeted.

His stance was echoed by senator Johson Sakaja (Nairobi), Cleophas Malala (Kakamega) and Ledama Ole Kina (Narok). “I agree we can’t adjourn the senate like a village meeting,” the Narok Senator tweeted.

Sakaja said it was unfair for Lusaka to pander to whims of the majority leader at the expense of other senators who were prepared to debate. “As the senator of Nairobi, I cannot support a formula that increases funds to my counties and denies another county money. We must move together as a country if we want to grow,” he said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta had earlier given Poghision and the entire leadership of the Senate three days to whip members to endorse the proposed formula.

However, majority of senators from the affected counties, including those in leadership positions, have vowed to shoot down the proposal.

At least 21 Senators drawn from the arid and semi-arid counties have protested the formula, arguing it was designed to disenfranchise and further marginalise their areas. Deputy Speaker Margaret Langat had on Tuesday, July 14, postponed the debate on the elusive formula after senators failed to agree

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