Uhuru Breaks Silence on Senate Stand-off Over Revenue Sharing Formula

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the media from State House in Nairobi.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the media from State House in Nairobi.
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, August 21, broke his silence over the heated senate debate on the Third Basis Revenue Allocation Formula after the house failed to resolve the impasse over the formula for the ninth time.

    Speaking from the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC), where he was issuing title deeds to Nairobi residents, Uhuru dismissed claims that he had a hand in the stand-off.

    "The money being debated is not mine and this formula was proposed by SRC, indicating that money should be sub-divided equally. Now that they are saying that residents of Nairobi are rich, my question is, would residents from Embakasi and Korogocho, who do not have toilets, have similar views?" the president questioned.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta pictured during the 5th Extra-Ordinary summit on July 27, 2020.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta pictured during the 5th Extra-Ordinary summit on July 27, 2020.
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    "The truth shall stand," the president declared as he stated that he would not engage in political utterances but rather focus on working for the Kenyan citizens.

    He further called on leaders to unite and work together for the greater good of Kenyan citizens, noting that God would decide on who woould take over leadership, come 2022.

    The president's remarks came after the house failed to resolve the impasse over the formula leading to the formation of a 12-member committee from both parties on Monday, August 17, to find consensus.

    Senate was adjourned for the 9th time and instead, a Special Committee was formed including; Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Mutula Kilonzo Jnr (Makueni), Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Samson Cherargei (Nandi), Moses Kajwang (Homa Bay), Ledama Ole Kina (Narok), Moses Wetang'ula (Bungoma), Anwar Loitiptip (Lamu), Stewart Madzayo (Kilifi) and Nderitu Kinyua (Laikipia).

    Following the stalemate, speaker Ken Lusaka was accused of being controlled by the executive by a section of leaders.

    Lusaka refuted the claims and stated that he ceased being a member of the Jubilee Party when he was elected Speaker in 2017 and therefore could not make decisions under influence from any party.

    "I have a lot of experience in administration. Sometimes people want to trap you, they want to take you in a certain direction.

    "If you throw someone out of the chamber, it becomes chaotic and they achieve what they want. Sometimes when you learn that is the intention because someone wants to disrupt the proceedings for certain reasons, I choose not to play along," Lusaka stated.

    Senate Speaker Hon. Lusaka Kenneth during the 6th Senate Leadership Retreat
    Senate Speaker Hon. Lusaka Kenneth during the 6th Senate Leadership Retreat on March 13, 2020.
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