In Summary
  • The acting County Assembly Speaker Chege Mwaura directed that the Bill be taken to residents to get their views on it as well as members given a chance to consult with the residents.
  • "We wanted a different case for Nairobi where the bill will be passed based on the voters' views as we don't want just to reject or pass the Bill like in some other counties," said Mr Mwaura yesterday.
  • To this effect, the county will be divided into at least four or five zones for the public participation.
  • The stance taken by ODM MCAs is in contrast with their counterparts from the Jubilee party majority of whom are in support of the Bill.

The Punguza Migizo Constitutional Amendment Bill is set for public participation in Nairobi County even as MCAs differ on whether to reject or approve it.

This comes after the acting County Assembly Speaker Chege Mwaura directed that the Bill be taken to residents to get their views on it besides members being given a chance to consult with the residents.

Mr Mwaura said the Justice and Legal Affairs committee will be tasked with the collection of residents' views before tabling back a report before the House before the assembly proceeds to approve or reject the Ekuru Aukot, Thirdway Alliance party Bill.

DUE DILIGENCE

"We wanted a different case for Nairobi where the bill will be passed based on the voters' views as we don't want just to reject or pass the Bill like in some other counties," said Mr Mwaura Tuesday.

"We want to hear what Nairobi residents have to say on the Bill. As elected members representing them, it is prudent to also get their input. Thereafter, the House business committee will allocate time and date [when] the Bill will be debated on the floor," he added.

However, the Ngara Ward MCA did not give any timelines on when the public participation is planned to start and when it is scheduled to end.

In July, the Bill was deliberated on by the MCAs with a resolution that a notice of motion be introduced in the assembly by the majority leader.

But the bid by Mr Aukot to popularise the initiative at the assembly in July got a jolt after MCAs aligned to ODM boycotted the session.

This was after both sides of the House took a different view on the Bill with ODM party members vowing to knock down the Bill while their Jubilee counterparts being open to it.

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