In Summary
  • The Nakuru MCAs said the Bill calls for the reduction of wards which they are opposed to.
  • On Tuesday, before the motion was tabled, the MCAs held a 30-minute closed-door meeting.
  • Naivasha East MCA said the Bill is “poison laced with sugar” and does not give room for amendments.

The Nakuru County Assembly has unanimously rejected the Punguza Mizigo Bill, saying it threatens devolution and the survival of MCAs.

Only Lake View Ward MCA Peter Karanja Mburu supported the Bill.

“This Bill gives the people of Kenya an opportunity to decide their fate,” said Mr Mburu.

During a two-hour debate, the 78-member House said the Bill calls for the reduction of wards which they are opposed to.

CHANGED TUNE

Interestingly, the Jubilee dominated House was the first county assembly out of the 47 whose members had shown interest to embrace the proposed law change when Thirdway Alliance party leader Ekuru Aukot visited the assembly on July 24.

When they met Dr Aukot, the MCAs even promised to popularise the Bill at the grassroots during public participation sittings in the 55 wards.

However, the Bill was not subjected to public participation as the MCs failed to initiate the process in the wards as they had promised Dr Aukot.

The Bill was bound to flop as days after showing interest in the push for a referendum, the Jubilee MCAs were summoned in Naivasha by top party leaders and warned against supporting it.

CLOSED-DOOR MEETING

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