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Kaparo refutes revenue allocation formular

18 June 2012, 08:54 James Kabotia

Residents of Laikipia County have dismissed some of the proposed horizontal revenue sharing formular by the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA).

Members of public that attended the meeting at Nanyuki Municipal Hall aired their opinion to CRA that the parameters and weights in the horizontal formular, stratifying that 30% of funds should be allocated to population instead of 60%.

They argued that areas which are densely populated and developed like Nairobi County will have more allocation of funds compared to Laikipia County which is scarcely populated and underdeveloped.

According to former speaker of National Assembly Mr. Francis Ole Kaparo, the commission should stop viewing Kenyan population as statistics but as human beings adding that Kenya is among the countries in the world which is unequal in revenue dissemination. 

The URP chairman added that poverty should be allocated 40% instead of 12% so as to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor in the county.

Kaparo added that ever since the genesis of marginalization in 1962, Kenya has had an inevitable distribution of national resources. 

According to CRA’s parameters and weights in the horizontal formular, population is allocated 60%, basic equal 20%, poverty 12%, area 6% and fiscal responsibility 2% respectively.

Wholesomely, members of public present in the meeting seconded the URP chairman on the adjustment of the formular.

Prof. Raphael Munavu, a Commissioner of CRA said that Kenya is in a new dawn and under a new dispensation adding that the commission will listen to their recommendations and adjust the formular.

Munavu urged Laikipia residents to vote leaders with integrity and shun being politically manipulated by money during this campaign season.

The commissioner also appealed to them to be more innovative so as to generate more income in the forthcoming system of devolved government. 

Speaking to journalists in the event, Laikipia County Council Environment committee chairman John Bosco Epur accused the commission for not considering poverty and infrastructure while allocating the funds.

Epur added that the Ksh2.6 billion allocated to Laikipia county is not enough as it lacks proper roads, electricity and water.

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