Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro has accused ODM leader Raila Odinga of interfering with the passing of revenue allocation formula proposed by the Commission of Revenue Allocation (CRA).

Speaking on Thursday, July 30, Nyoro said Raila sent text messages to ODM senators instructing them to oppose the proposed formula or loose their seats.

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“The day that formula was supposed to be passed. He (Raila) wrote on newspapers asking senators to vote for the formula. However, on the same day, he sent messages to his allies telling them that if the formula is approved they would lose their seats,” Nyoro said.

The new formula proposed how counties should share the KSh 316 billion kitty in 2021/22 financial year.

The report of the Finance and Budget Committee had recommended that the CRA formula that will see counties with huge population gain while those with huge land mass and smaller population lose.

The formula was, however, rejected at the Senate for the sixth time in a month, with majority of senator rejecting it on grounds that it was designed to rob marginalised counties of resources to benefit the already well endowed.


Under the CRA proposal, 29 counties are gaining while 18 are losing out.

The new formula that is a radical shift from the first and second as it expands the parameters for the shareable revenue among the counties.

About a week ago, Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata who proposed the bill threatened to mobilize other senators affiliated to Jubilee party to revote against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) if the bill fails.

“If for any reason the bill does not sail through, then we might have to reconsider our stand on the BBI” he remarked.

The Majority Whip argued that one of the things stipulated in the BBI is increased revenue allocation to the counties.

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“We cannot fail to support the bill which promotes equitable sharing of resources and on the other hand we are supporting BBI which has a similar agenda,” he said.

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