Atwoli has differed with kakamega Senator Cleo Malala on the revenue sharing formula. Malala is one of the leaders supporting the win win formulae despite the fact that this formula will disadvantage his own Kakamega county. “I’ll not be part of the leadership that takes decision to take away money from the less fortunate countries like Turkana, Marsabit and Tana River and take them to Kakamega. I will not accept that,”
But Atwoli who also comes from Kakamega was categorical yesterday
“It is because of this reduction in population in these counties that the formula, no matter how it is applied, will see those counties get less money. This is a statistical fact and is not a punishment,” he said.
“The 2019 census showed that several counties recorded a huge drop in their populations while populations of other counties increased,” Atwoli said
According to the Secretary General, some counties manipulated their population numbers during the last census to benefit at the expense of other counties that followed the required procedure in giving correct figures
“It is depriving the people of Kakamega money for roads, water, education, bursaries, to give money to counties like Mandera which has 150,000 fewer people according to the 2019 census report,” he said.