Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago EGH , on Monday, led a host of North Rift in backing the new revenue allocation formula.
Speaking at the county headquarter Mandago urged Uasin Gishu senator Prof. Margaret Kamar to vote for the new allocation because it will mean more revenue for counties.
“ The revenue new allocation formula has been arrived at after more than two years of discussions and it is backed by the 2019 population and poverty index statistics”, Mandago said.
He further added that rejection of the formula means reduction of funds.
Speaking at the same press conference, Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Eng. Alex Tolgos said that his county requires that additional funds.
“ My administration spends 40% of the current budgetary allocation on health and even that is not enough to improve human resource in the department. And we still have other development programs to carry out”, Tolgos said.
Elgeyo Marakwet Speaker Philemon Sabulei and his Uasin Gishu counterpart David Kiplagat also supported their governors in urging senators Kamar and Murkomen to support the formula in the interest of their counties.
Mandago also pointed out that counties with high urban populations like Nairobi, Kiambu, Mombasa, and Uasin Gishu have been well considered in the new formula.
“ There are other counties which host cities and large town which need more funds because they serve a large population from beyond their counties. It is prudent that resources are allocated as commensurate to these population densities because the host counties most allocate more money to provision other urban requirements like security, water and sanitation , transport infrastructure “, Mandago added.
On the issue of marginalised counties, Mandago urged the treasury to improve utilization of equalization funds in order to ensure all counties get equity in revenue allocation.
Also Present during the press conference were Uasin Gishu County Executive for Finance & Economic planning CPA Julius Ruto, County Secretary Edwin Bett and a host of MCAs from Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet County Assemblies.