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CS Kagwe speaks on the revenue allocation formula

By Njange Maina
Saturday, August 29th, 2020
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addresses the media at Afya House in Nairobi. Photo/PD/FILE
In summary
    • Heath Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has thrown his weight into the divisive revenue allocation formula. The CS said revenue should be allocated on the basis of population.

The bill whose consensus has backfired for nine consecutive times at the Senate continues to draw views among leaders, and the recent being CS Kagwe.

Heath Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has thrown his weight into the divisive revenue allocation formula. The CS said revenue should be allocated on the basis of population.

Speaking on Friday at his home county, Nyeri, CS Kagwe said revenue is allocated to people and not 'animals or trees'.

"There was a very contentious debate at the Senate over the allocation of revenue. We cannot allocate money to trees, camels, or cows. Money is allocated to people. Isn't it so our people?" asked CS Kagwe to the crowd.

The CS said leaders opposed to the controversial One-Man One-Vote One-Shilling are not friends to the Mt.Kenya region.

"We thought some leaders are so good to us(Mt.Kenya) and that they think well of us, but when the issue of this formula came, we saw their true colours. When it comes to Nyeri bursaries being increased, the leaders said, no no no, do not add them money. Now my people, who is a real friend? Is it the one who tells you he is a friend or the one who acts like one?"

"We are following what President Uhuru Kenyatta is telling us about development, but even when it comes to politics, we shall still follow him because we know he cannot lead us into woes," said CS Kagwe.

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The CS was accompanied by his Interior Ministry counterpart Fred Matiang'i who was leading a security meeting with administrators from Central Kenya.

The CS' remarks on the contoversial formula comes against a backdrop of corruption allegations at his Ministry, touching the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority(Kemsa).

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday ordered investigative agencies to probe the alleged Kemsa scandal and complete investigations within 21 days.

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