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CRA accused of discriminating marginalized communities

05 June 2012, 15:52 Joy Monday

The Commission on Revenue Allocation CRA has been censured for allegedly discriminating marginalized region in the resources distribution.
Community leaders alleged that CRA was biased and favoured certain regions and giving marginalized and deserving areas a low deal in the allocations of the funds.

The leaders protested had directed more funds to developed regions while disadvantaged areas were ignored. Pokot received sh 3.2 billion.
The distribution of the funds by CRA, they demanded should be based on historical injustice, poverty and illiteracy level to enable the affected region catch up with the developed regions.

“Why should the commission to allocate more funds to developed region like Muranga county and less funds to Pokot County where residents are living in abject poverty,” castigated Mrs. Mary Mulee.

Stephen Kewasis, the Kitale Anglican Church of Kenya bishop accused the colonial administration and the past successful governments of marginalizing and locking out Pokot County in development.

“The colonial masters closed down and the successful governments marginalized the region further. We want these injustices addressed for the sake out people,” Kewasis.

He said poverty and illiteracy levels were high and most people were unable to access health services and clean water for domestic use and their animals.

He leaders urged the commission to incorporate the interest of the community and allocate more resources to accelerate development.
Insecurity, Kewasis said has become a serious threat to development.

CRA Commissioner Prof Joseph Kimaru dismissed the allegations and arguing distribution was based on population and not landmass.
“We did not discriminate the Pokot County. We based in population and not the size of the counties in the distribution ,” said Kimaru.

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