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Revenue sharing formula stalemate may land in court, Governor Lee hints

Article 217 of the Constitution stipulates that the revenue-sharing formula be reviewed every five years.

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Governor Lee Kinyanjui. Photo/CGN

A showdown is looming between Governors and Senators should the Sh316.5 billion revenue sharing formula stalemate persist.

The Commission on Revenue Allocation-proposed formula that hinges revenue sharing on population density was on Tuesday rejected at the Senate for the seventh time.

Sparsely populated counties feel shortchanged with 19 counties from the North, Coast and Lower Eastern set to lose Sh42 billion.

Nakuru County is staring at a 25 % allocation increase, translating to additional Sh3.1 billion for development.

Article 217 of the Constitution stipulates that the revenue-sharing formula be reviewed every five years.

Already, a technical committee formed to broker a truce and devise a possible win-win formula has collapsed over membership composition.

Counties are now staring at a financial crisis, with operations likely to grind to a halt soon, a risky state in the times of COVID-19 pandemic.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui says his colleagues’ patience and silence on the debate must never be mistaken for complacency.

“We shall explore every available avenue to seek economic justice to our counties,” he stated in a statement to newsrooms.

The Governor appreciated the ongoing attempts to bring consensus on the third generation revenue sharing formula.

He said the intentions to achieve equity and fairness to the losing counties is commendable.

The purported big winners in the formula, he said, have been grossly disadvantaged by the current system over the years.

“That one county can have a per capita of 3,500 and another 21,000 and call that equity, is baffling,” he wondered.

He wondered how such a skewed revenue sharing formula was allowed to pass through the previous Senate.

The formula is needed to guide the enactment of the yet to be approved County Allocation of Revenue (CAR) Bill, 2020.

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Atheists fault petition seeking to deregister society

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

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President of the Atheists in Kenya Society, Harrison Mumia

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

Former Juja MP, Dr Stephen Ndichu has moved to court seeking to have the Atheists in Kenya Society suspended on grounds that its continued existence is unconstitutional.

In a statement, the society’s president, Harrison Mumia says the petition is an assault on religious freedom and an insult to the diversity of the Kenyan people.

“We find the petition repugnant to a good conscience,” he stated adding that Dr Ndichu is a Christian fundamentalist who seems to harbour paranoid fantasies about the dangers of atheists existing in Kenya.

He further accused Dr Ndichu of seeing enemies where there is none and that the society was surprised, but not shocked as religion has historically inhibited progress.

He vowed that the society would do everything within its power to defend its right to remain a registered society and urged Kenyans to support fighting the petition.

On Sunday, the society said it will be writing to President William Ruto seeking an invitation to State House, just like the evangelical denominations.

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Uhuru Gardens ready for Madaraka Day fete, says PS Kibicho

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Madaraka Day

This year’s national Madaraka Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi County will be open to 30,000 people, up from 10,000 in 2021.

Permanent Secretary in the State Department for Interior, Dr Karanja Kibicho, said this follows the relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures.

“Children will also be allowed in on the celebrations this year, and we expect county celebrations to happen too,” the PS said while on an inspection tour of the venue.

The PS said the government decided to move the celebrations from the County rotational back to Nairobi because it will be the last event for the current administration before it exits office.

“Because of the significance of this particular Madaraka day, being the last for this regime, we decided to celebrate it at Uhuru Gardens to break the tradition of celebrating it in counties,”

He revealed that preparations were currently at 90 percent complete and expressed confidence that all will be set for the event as the country marks 59 years of self rule.

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Queen Elizabeth mourns Kibaki as a great Statesman with commendable legacy

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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Queen Elizabeth II has mourned former President the late Mwai Kibaki eulogizing him as “a great statesman”.

“I was sorry to receive the news of the death of Mwai Kibaki. He had a lifelong record of service to the Kenyan people. It will be of deep sadness to your country to have lost a great statesman, but Kenya can take pride in the legacy of his leadership. I send you and the people of Kenya my condolences at this loss,” the message read.

The British High Commission further affirmed its close ties to Kenya and renewed its assurances to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The British High Commission avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya the assurances of its highest consideration,” the High Commission said.

The late Kibaki passed away on 21 April 2022, aged 90.

President Uhuru, who issued a proclamation that he would be granted a state funeral with full civilian and military honours, announced his death.

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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