The Garissa Township member of parliament and former leader of the majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale has named eight counties that are set to lose massively if the Building Bridges Initiative is passed.
Speaking at a press conference at the official residence of the Deputy President Dr. William Ruto, the outspoken legislator contended that Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir, Tana River, Lamu, Isiolo, Mandera, and Tharaka Nithi would lose revenue under the BBI formula.
Aden Duale called out to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga for lying to Kenyans about the revenue implications of the initiative.
“Yesterday Raila Odinga lied to the people of Turkana and I want to thank the governor for speaking the truth about BBI, ” the Garissa Township member of parliament Aden Duale said on Monday at a press conference.
“I know a little mathematics. Eight counties will lose revenue under the BBI formula. Turkana, Marsabit, Mandera, Isiolo, Tharaka Nithi, Wajir, Lamu and Tana River will lose. If you use the formula, Turkana will get 9.8 billion. A whole prime minister lying to the people of Kenya.”
The concerns over loss of revenue under the Building Bridges Initiative formula were raised by the Turkana governor Josphat Nanok. Nanok told the former prime minister that Turkana was among the counties that would lose revenue.
He called on Mr. Odinga to look into that and make the necessary changes to ensure that those counties get more money instead of losing.
When he rose to speak, the ODM party leader rubbished the claims. He held the view that no county would lose revenue under the BBI revenue allocation formula.
Raila Odinga has been moving around the country drumming up support for the Building Bridges Initiative that is now in the ratification stage after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission verified over a million signatures appended in support of the initiative.