Governor Ali Roba opposed to income distribution formula

The governor of Mandera, Ali Roba. [David Njaaga, Standard]

Mandera Governor Ali Roba said he would oppose the one-man-one-shilling revenue-sharing formula between counties.

Roba, who is running for the Senate seat in next month’s election, said if implemented, the formula would deprive Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) counties of the resources they deserve.

Those who support the formula have argued that revenue sharing among the 47 counties should be based on the needs of individual counties. They argued that some counties have more needs than others and therefore revenues should be shared according to a county’s population.

The income formula was one of the proposals of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) which aimed to expand the executive before the courts halted the process.

Roba pledged to fight the proposal if it is reintroduced. According to Roba, implementing the formula will reverse the gains of decentralization by disadvantaging marginalized counties.

“The president has given an indication of the direction his succession should take. However, we will not allow the leaders of the Azimio La Umoja coalition to pursue the idea of ​​depriving us of income through a biased formula. We We will fight this plan to the end,” Roba said. said.

He added, “That was what prompted my decision to run for the Senate seat so that I can fight this discriminatory formula if it ever comes back to the House.”

“The proposed revenue sharing formula has been in the Senate before and we fought it fearlessly. We will rally all leaders to fight it so we can share resources fairly.

Proponents of the formula argue that the current formula allocates money “to trees and animals” because landmass is the key parameter, thus favoring large counties with fewer people.

Roba, who is serving his last term as governor of Mandera, said his party, the United Democratic Movement (UDM), would mobilize votes for Azimio’s presidential candidate, Raila Odinga.

He said the region decided to support Odinga’s candidacy because of its commitment to increase revenue allocation to counties from 15 to 35 percent currently.

“Mandera is a classic example of what decentralization has done to counties. If less than 15% allocation could do the same for previously marginalized areas and turn them into urban centers, you can only imagine what will happen if 35% of income is allocated to decentralized units,” Roba said. during an election campaign on Sunday.

He noted that decentralization came when virtually all sectors, including health, infrastructure and education, were in desperate need of financial support.

“Before decentralization, Mandera’s health index for maternal mortality was the worst in the world, with 3,795 deaths per 100,000 live births. There were no roads or water,” he noted.

On his decision to side with the governorship candidacy of Mohamed Adan Khalif, Roba said he believed the aspirant, who is the current Mandera County Assembly Speaker, would continue his legacy.

“We have worked together to implement decentralization and he has been actively involved in the peacebuilding efforts we have made in Mandera to achieve coexistence in Mandera. Khalif seems to understand the challenges people face on the ground and the dynamics of clanism,” Roba said.

He rejected claims by opponents that his choice to run for governor was to protect his political interests. The other candidates are former cabinet secretary Adan Mohamed of the Jubilee Party, Hassan Noor Hassan of the ODM and Ali Noor Aden of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).