KISII, Kenya, July 29, 2020 – Kisii Women Representative Janet Ong’era has accused Senator Prof. Sam Ongeri failing his electorate by voting against the Counties Revenue Allocation Bill yesterday.
Speaking at his office, the Woman Rep’ expressed her anger and regretted that Senator Prof. Ongeri “went to put off a fire at the neighbour’s house and left food for his children taken away.”
“What our senator did was very wrong and I differ with him for voting against the Bill. It is an affront against the people of Kisii County,” said Ongera.
She stated that the bill was to help them bring more resources to the Kisii County government and therefore more development to the people. According to the CRA, Kisii was to receive KSh123 million if the Bill was to pass through.
“It’s unfortunate that the people we elected to fight for us have turned against the electorates,” she lamented. The legislator noted that senator failed terribly for voting against the counties revenue allocation bill.
Senators will resume debate on the proposed amendment on the third basis formula for sharing revenue among counties on August 4 following an adjournment on Tuesday night in compliance with the dusk to dawn curfew.
Deputy Speaker Margaret Kamar said it would be wrong for Senators to proceed with debate on an amendment by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja after President Uhuru Kenyatta directed that politicians who flout COVID-19 regulations should not be spared.
In his amendment, Sakaja wants to retain the current revenue allocation formula for counties saying Senators are in agreement that counties shouldn’t lose money.
The senators had earlier voted to reject a proposal by Majority Whip Irungu Kangata to have the third basis formula for allocating funds to county governments deferred for two years.
The Commission On Revenue Allocation (CRA) said the new formula is meant to enhance service delivery, promote balanced development, and incentivize counties to optimize capacity to raise revenue as well as incentivize prudent use of public resources.
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