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URP to push for 30pc budget share to counties

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 20 – Members of Parliament under the United Republican Party (URP) say they will use the floor of the House to push for an increase in budgetary allocations for County governments from 15 percent to 30 percent.

Led by the party leader, Eldoret North William Ruto, they say the 15percent figure does not match with the many assignments given to the county government leadership.

Speaking at a fundraising at a Nairobi hotel on Sunday, Ruto said the party will team up with other Members of Parliament to turn down the formula suggested by the Commission on Revenue Allocation on giving population an upper hand in determining the county allocations.

“Insanity is doing the same thing all over again, and expecting different results. It is not going to be business as usual; it is not going to be the same old game. We have to bite the bullet and make the tough decisions, “said Ruto.

Moyale MP Mohamud Mohamed Ali added; “this is to the Cheserem Committee… the formula they are proposing where they are saying that the population will take 60 percent, we disagree, we disapprove. And when it comes to Parliament, we shall oppose. Because that is going to keep us lagging behind like before.”

Meanwhile Dujis Member of Parliament Adan Duale, who hosted the event, touched on the issue of the appointments of the members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) by calling on the Orange Democratic Party to consider those who defected from the party in the nominations.

“117 people have applied to be members of the East African Assembly. If you bring five names in which URP has no input, then you can assume that, that list will not be passed in Parliament. So the Prime Minister has between now and May 31 to sit with our leader here… he can give some share to Musalia (Mudavadi) because he still has some shareholding. The five slots are between URP, UDF and ODM,” said Duale.

Earlier, ODM’s chief whip Jakoyo Midiwo said the party will consider genuine members only in the nominations.

ODM was given five slots with PNU getting four slots. The term of EALA MPs expires on June 4.

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