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Date: 20 January 2017 07:06
President Kenyatta has replaced the Micah Cheserem led Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA) team with new commissioners.
This follows the expiry of the term of Mr Cheserem and his eight commissioners on December 31 last year.
The new commissioners whose names were published in the Kenya Gazette Friday include Prof Edward Akong’o Oyugi, a former political detainee and close associate of Cord leader Raila Odinga.
Prof Oyugi contested the Migori gubernatorial seat during the 2013 election but lost to the incumbent Okoth Obado.
Others are Peter Njeru Gachuba, Kishanto Ole Suuji, Dr Irene Koech Asienga, Fauza Abdikadir Dahir, Humphrey Wattanga, Prof Peter Kiko Kimuyu and Treasury Principal Secretary Dr Kamau Thugge.
Only Dr Thugge was retained from the previous team by virtue of his position as Treasury PS.
The gazette notice does not indicate who will chair the commission.
The outgoing commissioners include Mr Cheserem, the Vice Chairperson Fatuma Abdikadir, Prof Wafula Masai, Amina Ahmed, Prof Joseph Kimura and Rose Osoro.
Others are Prof Raphael Munavu and Mr Meshack Onyango.
“The process of replacing the outgoing commissioners has been ongoing since the term of the outgoing commissioners came to an end on December 31 after they served their six year non-renewable term,” said a source at the CRA who requested anonymity because only Mr Cheserem is authorized to speak to the media on commission matters.
CRA is a creation of the 2010 constitution.
Its core mandate is to recommend the basis for equitable sharing of revenues raised nationally between the national and the county governments, and among the county governments.
Its other mandates include recommending the basis for equitable sharing of revenue raised by national government between national and county governments and recommending the basis of equitable sharing of revenue raised by national government among county governments.
The commission is also charged with recommending on matters concerning the financing of both the national government and county governments as well as matters relating to the financial management of both national and county governments.