CRA wants Wamatangi counties revenue formula case dismissed

May 9, 2016
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“Senator Wamatangi is raising issues which he could have probed during the debate,” CRA said/COURTESY
“Senator Wamatangi is raising issues which he could have probed during the debate,” CRA said/COURTESY

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 – The Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) wants a suit filed by Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi contesting a formula used by the National Government to allocate funds in counties dismissed.

CRA’s Chief Executive Officer, George Ooko argues that it is mandated by the Constitution to ensure that revenue collected is equitably shared between National and County Governments.

Overview
  • CRA's Chief Executive Officer, George Ooko argues that it is mandated by the Constitution to ensure that revenue collected is equitably shared between National and County Governments.
  • The Kiambu Senator has lodged the suit complaining that “the formula adopted by the commission is unfair to County Governments.”
  • But CRA insists that the Senate is the appropriate Arm of Government to deal with issues raised in the petition and that courts can only interfere where there is blatant breach of law.

The Kiambu Senator has lodged the suit complaining that “the formula adopted by the commission is unfair to County Governments.”

But CRA insists that the Senate is the appropriate Arm of Government to deal with issues raised in the petition and that courts can only interfere where there is blatant breach of law.

CRA submitted its recommendations to the Senate on March 14 when the matter was debated and approved.

“Senator Wamatangi is raising issues which he could have probed during the debate,” CRA said.

Justice Joseph Onguto heard that CRA only makes recommendations on how revenue should be allocated to County Governments.

Through lawyer Kibe Mungai, Wamatangi has accused CRA of failing to make the necessary recommendations to consider public interests.

In his suit papers, the Senator wants highly populated counties given more money to support their development projects.

“The High Court should restrain the National Government from disbursing any revenue to counties until the case is determined,” Wamatangi said through his lawyer.

County Governments have been allocated Sh280.3 billion while the Equalization Fund has been allocated Sh6 billion.

Justice Joseph Onguto will rule on the issue on May 25.

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