The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has come out in defense of their party leader Raila Odinga distanced itself from the failure by the Senate to pass the third basis for revenue-sharing formula.
The party through ODM chairman John Mbadi (Suba South) and secretary-general Edwin Sifuna came out saying that the passage of the formula is each senator’s individual responsibility and pigeon-holing the party and its leader is political mischief.
They told off critics pointing out that each senator votes on the formula based on whether his or her county is losing or gaining funds.
“The revenue-sharing formula is a Senate problem and not of ODM or Raila’s making. Making the failure of the passage of the formula an ODM issue is dishonest and political mischief,”
According to Mbadi, each senator voted on the Irungu Kang’ata’s amendment to the Senate Finance Committee report on an individual basis since they are elected to protect their counties.
He was categorical that the voting pattern in the House was purely gainers versus losers, and questioned the sincerity of some of the Deputy President William Ruto’s allies on their stand on the revenue-sharing.
For instance, Bado cited Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) voted against the Bill despite his county gaining in the proposed formula, while Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho), Samson Cherargei (Nandi) and Christopher Langat (Bomet) supported the “population” parameter as the basis for sharing revenue. Therefore, it had nothing to do with Raila or any political affiliation.
“Why could Aisha (Jumwa) and her Tangatanga adherents not blame Ruto for the impasse on the revenue-sharing yet his allies voted in support of the amendment? Why can’t they blame him for forsaking the Coastal region?”
A section of Coast MPs led by Kidogo North Owen Baya had castigated Raila last week and accused him of failing to stand with them over the revenue-sharing formula.
Last week, Owen Baya (Kilifi North) led a section of Coast MPs in castigating Raila and accusing him of failing to stand with them over the revenue-sharing formula.