News just in indicate that Uhuru Kenyatta has signed the Division of Revenue Bill 2013 into law! By assenting the bill that largely reduces county allocations by kshs.50 BILLION the president has confirmed to Kenyans that he is one of the forces frustrating devolution.
The signing of the Bill will causeÂ embarrassment to deputy president William Ruto who was instrumental in getting the county allocations raised by Kshs.50 billion, it actually sets the president and his deputy for a major clash. How will Ruto interpret the president’s move? what will Ruto tell his fast constituency of Rift Valley who are pro devolution? Chairman of the governors’ summit hon. Isaack Ruto and Senate Devolution committee chairman hon. Kipchumba Murkomen are Ruto’s pointmen, that Ruto is NOT happy with statehouse is NO rocket science.
Only last week Senator Kipchumba Murkomen revealed that powerful forces were using parliament and the executive to kill devolution, senator majority leader Prof Kindiki together with the people’s president PM Raila Odinga asked Uhuru not assent to the bill.
By signing into the law the division of revenue bill, the president has taken sides in the ongoing supremacy war between the senate and the national assembly. Uhuru is effectively in the camp of MPs, the same arm of government that is threatened to scrap the senate.
Whereas the senate comprises of mostly elite and experienced professionals keen on working through bi-partisan approach to solve critical issues, the national assembly has taken the high road of pushing unpopular agenda and also being used by outside forces to further sectarian interests.