On Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta held a meeting with Senate leadership as the Senators head to today’s crucial vote on the controversial third-basis revenue sharing formula.
President Kenyatta hosted Senate Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio, his deputy Fatuma Dullo, Minority Leader James Orengo, Majority Whip Irung’u Kang’ata, and his deputy Farya Ali and Minority Whip Mutula Kilonzo Jnr and his deputy Beatrice Kwamboka at State House, to craft a winning strategy to shun another deal.
However, the Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala who deputized Senator Orenga as the Majority leader was not invited to the meeting. The meeting with the President took place as Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka chaired a crucial Senate Business Committee to plan ahead of the afternoon vote which has divided the House into two.
The Senate has failed previously failed to decide for a record nine-times on the highly debated third basis of revenue sharing among the 47 counties.
Failure by the Senate to pass the bill has adversely affected the service delivery in the devolved units plunging them in a near financial crisis.
As the Senate reconvenes today (Tuesday) for the high stakes meeting, Senators seem to have hit the rock bottom as they failed to hold a Kamukunji as ordered by Speaker Ken Lusaka.
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The two sides are still pulling strings towards their ends with Senators whose counties are set to gain vowing to aggressively fight for the adoption of the new formula while those from marginalized areas insist the status quo must prevail.
Speaker Lusaka said the meeting with the President was ostensibly to strike a balance ahead of Tuesday afternoon debate after a 12-members committee established by the Senate to come up with a consensus on the formula failed to strike a compromise.