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Muriuki calls for revision of national revenue sharing

04 October 2012, 05:21 Tony Karomo

Imenti North MP Silas Muriuki said the revision would ensure rightful share of resources among the counties. Mr Muriuki said the reduction on the percentage of population criteria would perpetuate poverty in areas deemed to have large populations.

Speaking at the Kaaga School for the Deaf during the handing over of a new school bus,Mr Muriuki said the move would have areas with large populations marginalized. “This is the time for the rightful equitable sharing of resources. We need more resources where there are more people so that development can continue,”said Mr Muriuki.

In August, the Commission on Revenue Allocation(CRA) revised the sharing of Sh 203 billion for county governments by reducing percentage on population parameters from 60 to 45 per cent.

On the one-third gender rule, Mr Muriuki said there was need to define afresh how to achieve it since it was impractical to pass it as per the Constitution. Mr Muriuki said the one third gender rule would put Kenyans into a 'precarious' position if nothing was done about it. “There are things we never looked at in this constitution before we passed it.

Kenyans will now be forced to cough up more taxes to sustain if we fail to balance this gender requirement,”he said. He also argued that the special seats would result in a bloated parliament. The MP also urged Kenyans to vote for leaders who had impeccable record in the positions they had held in the past. He reiterated the need for Kenyans to vote for leaders who understood the positions they were vying for.

“This is not the time for Kenyans to experiment with leaders. We have to vote for people who know what it means and expected of them in the positions they are aspiring for be it the senate,gubernatorial, or the presidency,”he said.Nominated Councillor Alhaji Mwendia urged politicians to conduct mature campaigns as the country approached the first elections under the new constitution. "Kenyans want responsible politics and not those of retardation and retrogression. We don't want to go back to the dark days the country faced in 2007/2008.

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