Deputy President William Ruto plans to pull the rug under President Uhuru and Raila Odinga’s feet, by taking charge of the One-Man-One-Shilling-One-Vote rallying call by the two leaders, who have been championing for it in the BBI.
This decision is informed by a revelation that the need to distribute money in the counties and constituencies according to population and number of votes is growing popular in the region each day and could hugely determine who gets elected to office next year.
Speaking in Muranga county on Sunday, ODM leader Raila Odinga outlined his agenda to the people of Mt Kenya, top among them being the equitable distribution of skewed national resources. And to address this challenge, Mr. Odinga explained to residents of Mathioya his solution was in the BBI and he will do all it takes to ensure the interests of the populous region are catered for.
Muranga Senator Irungu Kangata has been instructed by the DP to take their conversation to Parliament, and later jump ahead of ODM and Jubilee to push for the increment of Devolution funds from the current 15 percent to 35 percent.
“The constitution sets out the division of revenue between the county and national governments. It sets the floor, not the ceiling. The president just needs to urge the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary to double the allocation,” Kang’ata said last week.
National Assembly Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee chaired by Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni plans to introduce a new BBI bill in parliament. The Committee has picked 52 clauses of the BBI proposals, which, they say, don’t need the plebiscite to effect.
Some of the clauses are those guaranteeing that at least 35 percent of the national budget revenue goes to the counties each year, the setting aside of at least five percent of counties’ budgets to the wards, as well as those provisions touching on incentives for the youth, small and medium enterprises.