Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has welcomed a decision to include the county in the list of marginalised regions, which will see the devolved unit benefit from the Equalisation Fund.
Speaking on Wednesday at Cheberen in Mogotio Sub-county during his re-election campaigns, Gideon said his efforts to ensure Baringo County benefits from the Equalisation Fund would transform the region.
The senator noted that Baringo was not different from counties like Samburu, West Pokot, Turkana and Narok that experience social-economic challenges.
He said a food crisis, insecurity and drought ravaging Baringo could have been alleviated if the county had been included much earlier in the list of counties accessing the fund.
The senator said he was happy that what he had been fighting for in the Senate had finally sailed through and, if approved by Parliament, Baringo would start benefiting from the Equalisation Fund.
The marginalised devolved units have been allocated Sh7.7 billion for the 2017/18 financial year, an increase from Sh6 billion in the previous financial year.
While releasing a report covering 16 counties, Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) chairperson Jane Kiringai said the additional counties were included following the adoption of a new policy on identification of marginalised areas.
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“As a first step into the review process, the CRA carried out inception visits to 16 counties identified as marginalised between May 15-26, 2017,” said Dr Kiringai.
Gideon urged politicians to ensure peace prevails to ensure free and fair, transparent elections during the August 8 polls.
He supported President Uhuru Kenyatta stand that elections will not be postponed.