A frustrated Moses Kuria blasted ODM leader Raila Odinga and Irungu Kang’ata for the failed one man, one vote, one shilling revenue sharing plan. Mr. Kuria said in Kiambu County, there are more than 1,100,000 registered voters while the five counties in Northern Kenya including Garissa, Isiolo, Mandera, Marsabit and Wajir on the other hand have barely 700,000 registered voters.
Moses Kuria said that Kiambu County only got 9 billion shillings while the sparsely populated counties in Northern Kenya got a whopping 45 billion shillings. “Is there fairness here really?” quipped Mr. Kuria. The Gatundu South MP said that he was hoping that the current BBI plan with opposition chair Raila Odinga could have helped them get fairness to get more money to densely populated counties like Murang’a, Kiambu, Nyeri and many others.
He said that they had put forward a motion to correct the unequal distribution of resources but that motion was shot down by eighteen senators allied to Raila Odinga’s NASA party while another eight senators who opposed the motion were from Moses Kuria’s ruling party, the Jubilee Party.
The motion Moses Kuria is talking about was regarding the county revenue sharing formula proposed by the Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA). In this formula most populous counties like Kiambu, Nyeri, Murang’a etc, are allocated more money than other sparsely populated counties like Wajir, Mandera, Isiolo, Marsabit and Garissa. The rationale was that more people in counties means more money needed to cater for social services such as healthcare and education.
Senators opposed this formula because it disadvantages historically marginalized counties in North Eastern province, the Coast region and parts of Rift Valley. Some senators argued that this formula puts devolution in jeopardy.
Mr. Kuria wondered: If Raila Odinga was that powerful, why didn’t he help them win in the recent revenue sharing plan by advising senators in Mr. Odinga’s party to vote in favor of the motion? He also questioned Irungu Kangata’s influence. Mr. Kuria could not understand why Irungu Kangata could not ensure that all Jubilee senators voted in favor of their revenue sharing proposal. He said Mr. Odinga was not serious in helping the Mount Kenya Region but that Raila’s real intention was to take away power from president Kenyatta.
With parables, Mr. Kuria said that when Irungu Kang’ata was given his current role, it was not easy. They had to snatch the job from someone else for Mr. Kang’ata to get the job. Irungu Kang’ata got the Senate Majority Whip position after Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen was kicked out. This was because Mr. Murkomen was seen to be an ardent supporter of William Ruto and an Uhuru Kenyatta critic. Moses Kuria said that the taking away of Mr. Murkomen’s job and awarding it to Mr. Kang’ata was tantamount to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion in which his clothes was shared among his tormentors after a vote.
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Moses Kuria is not the only Jubilee leader to slam Raila Odinga. Kiharu Constituency MP expresses his sentiments that Raila Odinga was a foe of the Mount Kenya Region.
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