DP Gachagua Receives More Backlash for His ‘One Man, One Vote’ Comments


EALA Member of Parliament Hassan Omar has criticised Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua over his call for the one man, one shilling formulae for resource allocation.

Speaking during an event in Nyali, Omar expressed that the campaign would cause division among Kenyans.

He explained that the move would disgruntle a large population of Kenyans given that some regions had been sidelined by previous governments.

Omar added that the DP needed to support the constitution which created equality for many underdeveloped communities.

Senator Hassan Omar during the launch and empowerment of The Brotherhood in Mombasa County on July 15, 2023.

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“We have a constitution and we fought for it as it brought us social justice. Those who had plenty in the past now have to leave it for others too. Some communities have suffered for a long time.

“For so many years, our people did not have roads and money to go to school. Now that they are getting out, what is the problem?” he posed.

Further, he noted that it would be wise for elected leaders across the country to be consulted before such pronouncements are made.

“I will say this will have a lot of respect for the DP. This talk of one vote, one shilling leave it alone. It will bring us a lot of problems in the country.

“Whenever the president and the DP want to push for something, let them ask us because we also represent these communities,” he stated.

Gachagua has been the centre of debate in recent days following his push for the one man, one vote, one shilling model that was proposed in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

While addressing a church service on Sunday, Gachagua opined that the formula was straightforward, adding that it would benefit areas that are populated. Mt Kenya stands to benefit from the proposal.

“In matters of revenue sharing, I firmly believe in one-man-one-vote-one-shilling. It’s a straightforward concept: the more people there are in an area, and the more taxes they contribute, the more funding they deserve to receive,” the DP stated.

However, the comments by the DP have not sat well with a section of leaders from UDA who expressed that the formulae would segregate parts of the country.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua speaking in Nakuru County on April 28, 2024

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