Deputy President William Ruto has assured Kenyans that efforts were being made to resolve the stalemate over revenue allocation to counties.
The Deputy President said he was optimistic that a solution over the stalemate between the National Assembly and the Senate would soon be found to ensure uninterrupted service delivery at the two levels of government.
Speaking at the African Inland Church (AIC), Katisaa, Mumbuni, in Machakos County, Dr Ruto said it is through dialogue that a lasting solution to the problem can be attained.
“We are doing everything possible to solve the differences between the Senate and the National Assembly over the counties revenue allocation. It is through harmony and agreements that this matter can be resolved,” said Dr Ruto.
He said courts would not be responsible for the division of revenue to the counties but would give direction on how the matter can be addressed.
“Although the issue has been taken to court, there is no harm. We are looking for harmonious ways of addressing the matter,” said Dr Ruto.
MPs Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town), Fabian Muli (Kangundo), Moses Lessonet), Eldama Ravine), Robert Pukose (Endebess), Rachel Nyamai (Kitui South), George Sunkuyia (Kajiado West), Charles Nguasya (Mwingi West) and Vincent Musyoka (Mwala) were present.
The legislators asked Senate and Governors to withdraw the case from the court, saying a solution would be found through dialogue and agreements.
“Senators and Governors should abandon the court action and give harmony and dialogue a chance in resolving the matter because what they are doing is only for the benefit of the lawyers,” said Mr Lessonet.
The MPs said the problem was not how much money was allocated to the counties but how such funds were being utilized.
Mr Muli cautioned that the issue of revenue allocation could drag for long in courts hurting service delivery both at the levels of the government, saying it is time the Senate withdrew the matter from the courts.
“I want to ask Senators and Governors to withdraw the case from the court and embrace dialogue if we have to solve this problem as soon as possible,” said Mr Muli.
The MPs, at the same time, pledged to support Dr Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid, saying he was a development conscious leader.
They said Dr Ruto has demonstrated his commitment and is well placed to continue the Jubilee development agenda that started with President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013.
Mr Musyoka of Mwala said no amount of intimidation would stop them from talking about their support for Dr Ruto’s presidential bid in 2022, noting that politics and development cannot be separated.
“I have faith that Kenyans will elect the Deputy President in 2022 because he is the right person to take the country to the next level after President Kenyatta’s term comes to an end,” said Mr Musyoka.
“Talking about 2022 during our development meetings is just like the way we are talking about the Vision 2030,” added Mr Musyoka.
Mr Munyaka, Mr Muli and Ms Nyamai said the Deputy President was well placed to take over the leadership of the county in 2022 because of his development track record.
Mr Nguasya told off those criticizing development tours by the Deputy President to help churches among other projects, terming them as ‘enemies of development’.
The MPs also dismissed proposals by the Punguza Mizigo Initiative to amend the constitution, saying the move was aimed at undermining youth and women leadership.
“The Punguza Mizigo Initiative aims to reduce the number of youth and women in leadership thus increase cases of unemployment. We can’t make rules today and remove them tomorrow,” said Mr Muli.
Dr Ruto asked leaders to embrace teamwork irrespective of their political affiliations as the only way to initiate projects aimed at transforming the lives of Kenyans.
“This Kenya can be changed through development projects. That’s why we must harmonize our politics so that we can create synergy and drive the transformation of Kenya together as the people of this great nation,” said Dr Ruto.