Debate on revenue allocation is here to stay, says Mudavadi

ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi. FILE PHOTO

ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi has said the debate on equitable share of resources and allocation is going to be there for a long time given the meagre shareable funds. The ANC leader said Senators are locked in a tussle surrounding a small percentage of Kenya’s budget, around 10%, meant for the Counties and that leaders should seek to receive more funds for the devolved units instead, “In this cow we have slaughtered you are giving the Counties the hooves and maybe the legs…but the main cow remains with the national government. Look at the bitterness emanating with the 316 billion only.”

He said a stable economy is key to ensuring Counties receive more funds, and that the problem of public debt is a major deal breaker. “Public debt is a big problem, if not resolved the share to County governments will dwindle and the share remaining at the national government will also dwindle,” he stated.

He has further faulted leaders who are still politicking and focused on 2022 politics, saying that the Covid-19 pandemic deserves more attention. He said there is no room for campaigning for a possible referendum now, with the state of the economy and the lives of Kenyans on the edge owing to the pandemic. He noted that the referendum push is to ensure leaders get new positions and that it’s all about the political class.