In Summary
  • He said the National Assembly will only discuss the merits and the demerits of the Bill.
  • Dr Aukot said the Punguza Mizigo approach to amend the Constitution is based on cutting costs.
  • But a section of MCAs said there are a lot of clauses that need clarification.

Third Way Alliance Kenya party leader Ekuru Aukot has laughed off talks by some MPs opposed to his Punguza Mizigo Bill, saying the National Assembly will not determine its fate and that once it gets the backing of 24 counties, it will pass the test for a referendum.

According to Dr Aukot, his Bill which seeks to reduce the representation in Parliament from 416 members to 147 and to increase counties’ revenue share to 35 percent, will qualify for a referendum after getting the threshold backing in counties.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

He said the National Assembly will only discuss the merits and the demerits of the Bill.

Dr Aukot spoke Tuesday in Murang’a after meeting members of the county assembly.

He said the Punguza Mizigo approach to amend the Constitution is based on cutting costs and strengthening devolution and using the ward as the primary unit of development in order to spur economic growth.

“Once we have the backing from at least 24 counties, we shall have passed the test of heading to a referendum. The National Assembly will only be given a chance to discuss the merits and the demerits of the Bill which changes the structure of Parliament and the executive,” he said.

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