In Summary
  • In Mandera, the assembly’s Legal and Justice Committee chaired by Mr Mohamed Yussuf, MCA Guticha, had urged MCAs to reject the bill in totality arguing that the proposed amendment would perpetuate marginalisation of the region, erode and deprive residents of the constitutional gains achieved over the past half century.

Nairobi and Mandera have joined the growing list of counties that have rejected Thirdway Alliance party leader Ekuru Aukot’s Punguza Mizigo bill.

The two counties joined Kiambu, Nyeri, Siaya, Homa Bay, Murang’a, Nakuru, Makueni and Kirinyaga in shooting down the Bill.

While debating a public participation report on the bill, Nairobi MCAs unanimously rejected the initiative terming it “unrealistic, retrogressive and aimed at eroding gains by the 2010 Constitution.”

GENDER RULE

The over 80 ward representatives present in Tuesday’s sitting said passing the bill will be a betrayal of the people who opposed the initiative during the public participation exercise.

Majority leader Abdi Guyo, who moved the motion, said that the bill, if passed, will be a big blow to the gains made by the two-thirds gender rule as well as lock out the youth and people with disabilities as it seeks to reduce the number of constituencies.

“It is not realistic to have only two representatives in counties such as Nairobi yet the county has over four million people,” said Mr Guyo.

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