Deputy President William Ruto on Monday said the ongoing debate on revenue allocation is unnecessary and becoming divisive as he challenged the parliament to play its role in the process as envisaged in the law.
“The legislature must as per its mandate structure a win-win formula that is sensitive to proposals made without hurting any county” Ruto tweeted.
The senators have not agreed on a formula after weeks of negotiations leading to an impasse that is now stalling the passage of the bill.
No county will be able to get money before the bill is passed and signed into law and this might take some time since it is already causing divisions within parties with members taking different positions.
New Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata has threatened the ODM members to either back the new formula or forget about the BBI. “No new revenue sharing formula no BBI” Kanga’ta said.
The statement by Murang’a senator laid bare the length to which President Uhuru Kenyatta’s faction is ready to achieve its goal.
Kang’ata’s threat has been interpreted as a part of the plan to sabotage ODM/ Raila Odinga’s political ideals. Over the years Raila’s politics has featured the referendum debate before any general election since 2005.
He has used referendum, like he wants to achieve through BBI to test the ground before 2022. The president’s side on the other side has been using ‘BBI/referendum as the bait to keep Raila close to provide numbers Jubilee lost after the Ruto’s allies were kicked from party and house leadership.
The Murang’a lawmaker is a key ally of President Kenyatta. The statement he made on Saturday that the president’s camp will abandon the BBI process if the Senate floors the new revenue allocation formula cannot be taken lightly.
Odinga’s ODM was very active when Jubilee purge to kick out Ruto allies began but have suddenly taken a back seat.