Azimio leader Raila Odinga supports ‘one man, one shilling’ Limuru III proposal

Azimio leader Raila Odinga, on Thursday, June 6, 2024, voiced his support for the ‘one man, one vote, one shilling’ revenue sharing concept, as discussed during the Limuru III meetings. Speaking at Chungwa House in Nairobi after receiving a copy of the Limuru III resolutions, Raila emphasized that this proposal is essential for fostering equality and fairness in revenue allocation across the country.

In his address, Raila drew a parallel between Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and the biblical figures Saul and Paul, suggesting that Gachagua has undergone a transformative shift in perspective regarding the ‘one man, one vote, one shilling’ initiative.

“This debate on ‘one man, one vote, one shilling’ aims to ensure that every Kenyan receives a just portion of national resources. I wholeheartedly endorse it. My stance is not driven by populism,” affirmed Raila. “I collaborate with all sectors of society, including Rigathi Gachagua, who, as a government official, recently expressed support for my candidacy for the AUC, for which I am grateful.”

Raila underscored that the essence of devolution lies in the equitable distribution of resources, which necessitates considering the population density of each region. Nevertheless, he clarified that some politicians have misconstrued the ‘one man, one shilling’ discourse, fearing it might lead to regional discrimination. He noted that the allocation of resources to constituencies based on population distribution was a key aspect of the proposals outlined in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).