Kabogo to DP Gachagua: Push for ‘one man, one vote, one Shilling’, not Mt Kenya unity
By Joshua Khisa
Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has challenged Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua to focus on pushing for the infamous ‘one man, one vote, one shilling’ agenda.
Kabogo argues that DP Gachagua is the leader for all regions and hence should not spend much of his time speaking about Mount Kenya unity.
He also dismissed the push by the DP to ensure President William Ruto gets 100 per cent of the Mount Kenya votes in 2027.
“There is no way you can be voted by 100; something must be very wrong with that society. Even if he does the election today, he will not get 67 per cent,” Kabogo said.
In an interview with Spice FM on Monday, the former county boss said the one man one vote debate was necessary for equitable distribution of resources to all Kenyans.
“He is the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, so what is his business in central Kenya?” Kabogo asked.
“One man one vote is necessary in Kenya. And it is not about the Mount Kenya person but it’s about representation,” he added.
Kabogo questioned the current system where a Member of Parliament with over 500,000 voters is considered on the same level as one that is only voted by 5,000 people.
The former county boss also noted that the system is skewed against the densely populated areas.
“If you go to health, it’s about medicine. The more people the more the medicine you need. When you give a budget to Garissa of Ksh150 million for health and Ksh150 million for Kiambu, what are you talking about?’ he noted.
“This is not about the Kikuyu nation, the solution is to ensure equitable distribution of resources. Why is it that constituencies are given a flat budget of Ksh130 million irregardless of the number of people,” Kabogo added.
The One Man One Vote debate has been ongoing for years since the inception of devolution.
It was one of the topics that featured during the 2022 general election campaigns.
The topic is likely to re-emerge during the anticipated boundaries review.