Mt Kenya governors revive BBI’s ‘one man one vote one shilling’ debate

Governors representing the Mount Kenya Region have reignited the momentum behind the ‘one man, one vote, one shilling’ initiative. This was evident as the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) initiated the process of gathering public feedback on the fourth revenue-sharing formula between the National and County governments, spanning Financial Years 2025/2026 to 2029/2030.

During a constructive dialogue session with CRA commissioners held at Nairobi’s Movenpick Hotel, the governors emphasized the need for a formula that recognizes the region’s significant contribution to national productivity. They argued that the previous three formulas had failed to adequately address the interests of the densely populated region.

Governor Mutahi Kahiga of Nyeri, also serving as the chairman of the Central Region Economic Bloc (CEREB), advocated for a distribution of resources based on a region’s proportional input to the national economy, rather than uniform allocation. He urged for the establishment of a baseline shareable revenue amount primarily designated for county operations before considering other factors.

In response, the CRA has committed to soliciting input from various economic blocs to ensure inclusivity in the formulation of the fourth-generation revenue sharing formula. This collaborative approach aims to incorporate diverse perspectives into the final report, fostering equitable distribution of resources.