Moses Kuria: Uhuru’s Advisor Shortchanged Mt Kenya Region

Former Chairman of Parliament’s Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee Abdikadir Mohammed
  • Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria accused former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s advisor of being behind the revenue sharing formulas that Mt. Kenya leaders have termed as unfair.

    In a Facebook post on Wednesday, August 5, Kuria claimed that Abdikadir Mohamed who was Parliament’s Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee passed the first revenue sharing formula that saw expansive regions benefit from revenue allocations.

    “It is important to note that what is happening with the Revenue Allocation Formula is trying to redress some historical injustice that happened 10 years ago. 

    Former Chairman of Parliament’s Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee Abdikadir Mohammed

    “At the onset of the 2010 constitution, then Chair of the Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee (CIOC) in the 10th parliament Hon Abdikadir Mohammed managed to pass the ‘original sin’ of a formula that was so hopeless, unfair and inequitable,†he posted.

    The Gatundu MP alleged that Abdikadir used his influence to ensure that the revenue sharing formula was reportedly skewed to favour counties with less population density when President Kenyatta appointed him as an advisor on legal and constitutional affairs.

    “When the 2nd generation formula came up in 2015, again Hon Abdikadir Mohammed, then an advisor to President Uhuru Kenyatta based at State House, ensured that the historic injustice was never redressed,†Kuria claimed. 

    It is ironic that the formulas which Mt Kenya leaders claimed disenfranchised the region were mooted in the terms of retired President Mwai Kibaki and Uhuru Kenyatta. 

    The leaders have promised not to back down until their “one man, one vote, one shilling†formula is adopted in the Senate.

    Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria has vowed not to rest until the revenue stalemate was solved. 

    “It is unfair to reduce our revenue allocation and give to other counties because they have a huge chunk of land. They are not selling or leasing it to us so why are we giving them money for it? They should design ways of using the land as a resource by either developing real estate or hotels, planting trees to harvest charcoal or rear animals,†the governor advised in an outburst after the Senate adjourned on Tuesday. 

    He claimed if the wishes of Central Kenya residents would not be respected, then they would keep their resources to themselves.

    “For instance Murang’a water is used in Nairobi. Firms use our water in industries that make billions in profits. Why should I accept the Senate to adopt a formula that allocates very little resources to us?†he questioned.

    “If money shall be allocated to counties because they have expansive land, then we should also be fairly compensated for all our water, if not I will block them from accessing it,†he warned.

    Kama kilomita ya ardhi itapewa pesa, hata lita ya maji ya Mûrang’a itapewa pesa!
    Usawa Kwa Wote.

    Posted by Governor Mwangi Wa Iria on Tuesday, 4 August 2020


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