In Summary
  • Baringo, Machakos, Kitui, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi, Mombasa, Marsabit, Vihiga, Kilifi, Migori and Isiolo counties shoot down the proposal by Dr Ekuru Aukot.
  • Elgeyo-Marakwet MCAs unanimously rejected the bill during a sitting on Wednesday morning citing a number reasons for their decision.

  • Isiolo MCAs rejected Dr Aukot’s proposal saying that it sought to erode the gains realised since the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution.

Thirdway Alliance party leader Ekuru Aukot’s daring attempt to change the Constitution through a popular initiative dubbed Punguza Mizigo bill is on the verge of collapse as more county assemblies rejected it on Wednesday.

Baringo, Machakos, Kitui, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi, Mombasa, Marsabit, Vihiga, Kilifi, Migori and Isiolo county assemblies rejected the bill saying most of its provisions were not implementable.

RIGID BILL

Elgeyo-Marakwet MCAs unanimously rejected the bill during a sitting on Wednesday morning citing a number reasons for their decision.

The members approved a committee report that declared the bill unpalatable for asking for the abolishing of constituencies.

The report also stated that abolishing of Constituency Development Fund which has been the backbone of development with be a blow to the community.

They further stated that lack of nomination to the senate would affect the one third gender rule making the bill gender insensitive.

They also said the compulsory election of either gender at the constituency would suppress democracy in the country.

Speaking to the press after the sitting committee chairperson Evans Limo of Kapyego Ward stated that the assembly had no option as per what the ground demanded.

"Ninety percent of the members of public in Elgeyo Marakwet were against the bill because of most of the reasons we have tabled today. It would have been of no use for us to vote for it," said Limo

Limo further stated that the bill was so rigid and did not show any signs of flexibility.

"If amendment in the bill would have been considered probably to iron out few issues in it, it would have passed, " he said.

NANDI

In Nandi, the Punguza Mizigo bill was voted down by ward reps who faulted it for proposing a one-term presidency saying it would encourage corruption.

The MCAs also said the bill would encourage marginalisation of women.

MCAs Teresa Maiyo, Cynthia Muge and Fred Kemboi led members to reject the bill.

“The bill is targeting political leaders and more so women and top civil servants who would continue to take home huge salaries while politicians would be strangled in earning salaries and allowances,” said Mr Kemboi.

BARINGO

Baringo County Assembly rejected the bill noting that it did not capture the views of the public in the ground.

In a stormy debate presided by Speaker David Kiplagat, majority of the ward reps said that the bill is ‘anti-devolution’.

Tangulbei Ward Rep Shadrack Mailuk opposed the bill noting that the aim of devolution is to reach to the people at the grassroots.

“Looking keenly at this Punguza Mizigo bill, it is contrary to the spirit of devolution. It is aiming to scrap some constituencies and wards which will stop us from reaching to the people at the grassroots. We should reject it as it aims at creating unemployment in this country,” said the MCA.

Nominated MCA Betty Birchoko who supported the Bill questioned why the change of stand by the assembly on the Punguza Mizigo yet they had pledged to endorse it when held session with the assembly recently.

“I stand here to support Punguza Mizigo. History will judge us harshly if we don’t debate properly,” she said.

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