Hail Devolution. But It Must Not Be Used to Trample On Others


For weeks, senators have huffed and puffed without moving ahead a single inch over a poorly crafted revenue formula before their house.

In simple terms, the formula seeks to elevate one county over the other simply because of the number of people living within them. The endgame for those who support it is more money should follow people’s heads. And counties looking after deserts must look elsewhere for more money.

It is understandable why some would want this to happen. More people in any place means higher demand for more and better-quality services, pressure on existing infrastructure is much higher hence the turnover is much quicker. All this means more money for this to be achieved.

But Kenya is not built that way. Kenya is one of the most unbalanced countries in terms of its population spread within its boundaries. Millions of people are concentrated in Nairobi, Central, Western, Nyanza some parts of Rift Valley, Eastern, Coast while Northern parts are barely inhabited.

Kenya by all sense and cents is its boundaries. All of them. Kenya is not only Nairobi, Central or Rift Valley. Kenya is from the Eastern to Western borders, Northern to Southern boundaries; from Mandera to Malaba, Isiolo to Isebania, Lamu to Loiyangalani, Meru to Molo, Eldoret to Eldas and more.

One Kenyan is not more important than the other. All Kenyans are equal before the laws of the land. All must be treated equitably without one looking down upon the other.

The government of the day must, therefore, always strive to bring all Kenyans on board.

Other deserted regions cannot only be part of Kenya during elections but when it is about distribution of national resources, they are sidelined.

The debate on the revenue sharing formula must not be fanned by selfish interests. The senators must look at the bigger picture. Are they for Kenya or they want to satisfy fleeting desires?