Sakaja: I have received threats over my stand on revenue sharing formula

Senators under One-Kenya Movement banner/ COURTESY

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has claimed that he has received threats over his stand on the revenue sharing formula.

“On Friday I was being trailed by police officers. On Monday, there were reports of my impending arrest so that I can’t make it to Senate. I didn’t stay at my own home,” Senator Sakaja said on Tuesday during the revenue debate at the Senate.

Prior, Narok Senator Ledama Olekina had claimed that Sakaja spent part of his night at Parliament Buildings due to threats and intimidation.

Sakaja has rallied some senators under the “One Kenya Movement” banner to shoot down the Senate Finance and Budgets Committee report.

On Saturday, Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki asked Senate Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang’ata to stop threatening senators with party disciplinary action but engage them soberly for an amicable solution.

Kindiki said he “is ready to drink the cup of the top Jubilee and Nasa leaders’ wrath” for opposing the proposed “biased” third basis formula.

“I am ready to be expelled from the Jubilee Party if that is the ultimate prize that I have to pay for opposing the proposed formula that is biased,” Kindiki said in Tharaka Nithi.

Last week, Kang’ata threatened to take action against Jubilee Senators who on Tuesday defied the government’s stand on the counties’ revenue sharing formula.

Kang’ata’s motion seeking to amend the Senate Finance Committee report to have the application of the new formula postponed to 2022 flopped on the Senate floor after 25 senators voted against it.

Twenty-two senators voted for the motion.

“I have no doubt that that very soon we shall be cracking the whip of the party against those who went against the official government business that was before the House,” the Murang’a Senator said on Citizen TV.

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