- Mr Wamatangi argues that credible census will give correct population size in the regions and enable CRA to come up with a fair formula to allocate funds equitably.
- Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria vows to oppose the proposed formula because it is unfair and based on cooked 2009 census figures which are outdated and incorrect.
On April 22, 2016, Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi filed a petition at the Milimani High Court challenging the formula employed by the Commission on Revenue Allocation to share-out funds to counties on grounds that it was unfair to some regions.
Through his lawyer Kibe Mungai, the senator then told Justice Joseph Onguto that the commission had failed to recommend a proper formula for the allocation of funds to counties and demanded for a review to ensure equity.
Then the matter which was meant to benefit mostly Mount Kenya counties was inexplicably given a wide berth by the region’s leaders, even as the CRA and lawmakers from other regions fought Mr Wamatangi’s push which he has sustained.
The senator has been pushing to have funds disbursed based on population, and to achieve this, he has been demanding a fresh review of the formula to be done after a credible census is concluded, considering population has been the main parameter in the computation of the revenue sharing formula.
The lawmaker argues that credible census will give correct population size in the regions and enable the Dr Jane Kiringai-led commission to come up with a fair formula to allocate funds equitably according to their people and needs.
Three years later, the issue of the review of the formula has become thorny and now threatens to cause divisions, with leaders from across the country charged by the upcoming census, now pushing to ensure their respective counties get more funds.
Top on the agenda in the review debate is the upcoming census which the leaders want conducted in a credible manner to ensure that counties are allocated money based on the number of people they host.
Presently, the statistics relied upon are those that were collected during the 2009 census, which central Kenya leaders say do not reflect the actual numbers on the ground, hence promoting unfairness.
They argue that if not addressed, developed counties will be marginalised in the allocation of resources.
The leaders want population to be the main parameter in the revenue sharing formula, but lamented that figures relied upon are erroneous since CRA relies on the 2009 census which leaders say is outdated and was manipulated to the disadvantage of populated regions.
For instance, Mr Wamatangi said Kiambu has been getting its allocation based on the 2009 census which set the population at 1.6 million yet the county’s current population is over three million people.
As per the CRA’s draft proposal, Kiambu will get Sh10.05 billion up from Sh9.4 billion in the current financial year but local leaders said the increase is a drop in the ocean since it will only get Sh600 million.