Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM) party leader Isaac Ruto has expressed his dissatisfaction with the NASA coalition fund sharing formulae as proposed by opposition leader Raila Odinga.
This is after Raila Odinga in his proposed formulae allocated the CCM party KSh 3 million out of the KSh 489 million the NASA coalition was given as its share of the Political Parties’ Fund for the three financial years.
Speaking to journalists, the former Bomet Governor said even though he did not join the NASA coalition basically for monetary gains, there ought to be a fair formula for the sharing of the kitty.
“There ought to be a fair formula in which political funding can be shared. I am even surprised that we are talking of the funding just a year to the 2022 General Election,” he said.
He further wondered why the ODM party stayed with the kitty for a record three years when the money should be released annually to help the parties grow.
“Political funding ought to be given on a regular and fair basis and not just an arrangement where one says which party gets what,” he added.
Although analysts claim the move could be Raila Odinga’s last-minute effort to woo back his estranged partners in the opposition coalition ahead of the 2022 elections, Ruto maintained that he is not ready to chat 2022 politics with Raila Odinga.
“CCM decided to move away from the mainstream NASA arrangement. We even went ahead to sign a cooperation agreement with the Jubilee party,” he said.
While Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya), and Isaac Ruto (Chama Cha Mashinani) will get Ksh 153 million, the ODM party will walk away with KSh 336 million.
Of the KSh 153 million, Kalonzo’s party is estimated to get KSh 70 million, Musalia Mudavadi’s ANC will receive KSh 43.9 million whereas Moses Wetangula’s Ford Kenya party will get KSh 36 million.
According to Raila Odinga, the sharing of the amount from the three financial years was calculated based on votes attributed to parliamentary seats by the five NASA partners.