Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has told Busia Members of the County Assembly to join him in backing the new constitutional review on revenue sharing formula.
Addressing an informal session of the Assembly on Thursday, Wetangula said future sharing of resources to counties must be based on budgets and not audited accounts as was the case currently.
He said Sh358billion allocated to counties was a paltry 9 per cent of the total budget, adding that if the sharing formula was based on budgets Busia could receive over Sh20b which is enough to do massive development in 10 years.
‘’ I want MCAs across the 47 counties to be active, pro-active and put suggestions like I will on future sharing of resources. Other areas are still living in stone age, and we must close this gap to ensure devolution blossoms,’’
The Senator said devolution is about empowering locals and creating opportunities for generating wealth. He urged the MCAs to make devolution, work better for the benefit of the locals.
He lauded 14 Governors for coming up with the Lake Region Economic bloc saying that is the way to go. ‘’My appeal to MCAs is to constantly review county laws to ensure fair taxes, fair distribution of resources and accountability,’’ he said.
Wetangula was accompanied by Matayos MP Geoffrey Odanga, Kenya National Union of Teachers Executive Secretary Wilson Sossion and County Assembly Speaker Bernard Wamalwa.
Sossion saluted the concept of devolution, adding that education is the pillar of steering devolution to greater heights and eliminate poverty.
Odanga urged MCAs to pass bills that will benefit the people of Busia. ‘’ They should be for posterity and not for ourselves. Today you may be the majority of minority but the status quo will remain.