Monday September 9, 2019 - Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen, has launched scathing attacks against President Uhuru Kenyatta accusing him of interfering with revenue collection in Counties.
Appearing on K24’s Punchline hosted by aging presenter, Anne Kiguta, on Sunday evening, Murkomen, who is also the Leader of Majority in the Senate, said Uhuru and his office were not constitutionally mandated to engage in revenue allocation to the Counties.
Murkomen further argued that the President's move to wade into the debate regarding County revenue allocations undermined negotiations around the matter in that no other players were willing to contradict him.
Last month, Uhuru told Governors that the country did not have money to spare for their demand to increase allocation from Sh316 million to Sh335 million.
"It is not for the President.”
“That is not the constitutional job of the President.”
“He should be quiet on issues regarding the allocation of revenue,”
"In fact, by putting pressure on the institutions of Government and by the President pronouncing himself, he made it difficult for negotiations to proceed because you can see Governors could not even defend themselves, the Judiciary could not make a decision," Murkomen stated.
The Kenyan DAILY POST