Sonko blasts MPs over Division of Revenue Bill 2019

Division of Revenue Bill 2019Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko flanked by Team Wanjiku members during a public rally at Alidina grounds in Jomvu, Mombasa County. Sonko appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene on the Division of Revenue Bill impasse and he also opposed proposed higher pay for MPs. June 14, 2019. PHOTO |GPS

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has criticized MPs for failing to pass the Division of Revenue Bill, 2019.  

The governor has termed the move by MPs as selfish and a threat to devolution. Sonko, who was addressing a Team Wanjiku rally in Jomvu, Mombasa, called on the MPs to think about the spirit of devolution and the impact of failing to pass the Division of Revenue Bill 2019.

“The Constitution is very clear on the role of counties and how county funds are used. I am calling on MPs to have a voice of reason in this matter,” Sonko said.

The Division of Revenue Bill 2019 stipulates how revenue is to be shared between the national government and county governments.

The law requires it to be passed before the pronouncement of Budget estimates by Treasury Cabinet Secretary. Sonko has expressed his fears that counties could be plunged into a financial crisis if the issue is not resolved in time.

He has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene on the matter for the sake of devolution.  

“I am requesting President Uhuru to urgently intervene on this matter through the Leader of Majority Aden Duale,” Sonko said.

He said that the constitution stipulates an allocation of 15 per cent of the national revenue to counties and that the matter should not be subject to endless debates.  

Sonko said it is very hypocritical of MPs to demand salary increase and more allowances yet they are against allocation of resources to counties.

The governor called on all Governors, Senators and MCAs to unite and speak in one voice to defend devolution.

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“We must come together to solve this mess that MPs want to put plunge us into before it is too late,” he warned.

Governors, Senators and MCAs have planned a major protest today. Sonko has pledged his support.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, who also spoke at the rally, called on MPs to drop their calls for salary increase and big packages, noting that such a move will be punitive to the taxpayer and the commoner.

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The legislator called on his colleagues to support devolution and development at county level by passing the Division of Revenue Bill 2019.

“If you know the salary is not enough then quit and become a carpenter or a fishmonger out there,” Kuria said.

EALA MP Simon Mbugua called on National Assembly leadership to rally their troops in support of devolution. Team Wanjiku rallies are set to be held across the country under the leadership of Sonko. Politicians Stanley Livondo, Kalembe Ndile and Reuben Ndolo also attended the event.

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