Senate Approves Linturi's Amendments to Revenue Sharing Formula

  • proceedings underway at the Senate during a past session
    Proceedings underway at the Senate during a past session.
  • UPDATE Tuesday, August 11: The Senate postponed the County Revenue Allocation Formula for the eighth time.

    This was after senators, who were rowdy, failed to agree on the way forward forcing the speaker to adjourn the debate to Thursday, August 13.

    “I order that we reconvene on Thursday to look at the two amendments and make a determination on the main,” stated Lusaka.

    The Senate on Tuesday, August 11, voted to approve the County Revenue Allocation formula amendments made by Meru Senator Mithika Linturi.

    25 senators voted to approve the amendments against 20 who opposed them. 

    The motion on approval of the Third Basis for revenue allocation among the County Governments will be debated with amendments.

    Under Linturi's proposal, 19 counties will lose Sh1.8 billion down from Sh17 billion contained in the disputed formula proposed by the House Finance committee.

    A photo of Meru Senator Mithika Linturi gesturing during a past press address at Parliament Buildings.
    Meru Senator Mithika Linturi gestures during a press address at Parliament Buildings in 2018

    Underr Linturi's amendment, the equal share reduces from Ksh316.5 billion as proposed by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja to Ksh270 billion.

    Sakaja's proposal on the other hand proposed that the baseline figure was to be shared equally as opposed to Linturi's amendments in which the balance of Ksh 46.5 billion, is to be divided depending on individual county's needs.

    In an earlier phone conversation with, Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata confirmed that the new formula was poised to see the two counties, Murang'a and Nyeri, lose millions each, more than they would have if the previous formula with a funding base of Ksh316 billion was approved.

    "Linturi and Murkomen's new formula wants to punish Muranga and Nyeri counties.Why? What wrong have we done to you?" He questioned.

    Kang'ata also told this writer that his statement was aimed at "Letting the public know those that are anti-Muranga and Nyeri counties."

    The senators declared the reduction of the revenue baseline from Ksh316 billion, which they claim if used, would hurt some counties. 

    The Senate on Tuesday, August 4, voted to postpone the County Revenue Allocation formula debate after Murkomen rose, Pursuant to Senate Standing Order 105, seeking adjournment of the debate.

    The postponement succeeded the Friday, July 28, adjournment for the senators to reach a consensus. 

    Below is the video: