In Summary
  • The bill seeks to reduce number of MPs, scrap the position of deputy governor and introduce a one term presidency of seven years.
  • It also seeks to increase funds allocated to counties from 15 per cent to 35 per cent.
  • Dr Aukot is scheduled to members of the Kericho county assembly before engaging the public.
  • President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga are backing the Building Bridges Initiative which is expected to result in a referendum bill to rival Punguza Mizigo.

Third Way Alliance leader Ekuru Aukot is touring the South Rift for the second day to rally county assemblies to pass his Punguza Mizigo Bill.

The bill seeks to reduce number of MPs, scrap the position of deputy governor and introduce a one term presidency of seven years. It also seeks to increase funds allocated to counties from 15 per cent to 35 per cent.

In July, North Rift county assemblies vowed to endorse the bill. At that time, assemblies had three months to decide on the bill which will later be presented to the Senate and National Assembly.

It will make it to a referendum if 24 of the 47 county assemblies supports it.

SUPPORT

Dr Aukot is scheduled to members of the Kericho county assembly before engaging the public.

“We have a lot of support from members of the public and MCAs across the country. We are confident we will get more than 24 assemblies to back the bill and open the route to amend the Constitution,” said Dr Aukot told the Nation on Tuesday morning.

He said Uasin Gishu, which passed the bill, set the pace for other assemblies.

“We are aware that there have been attempts to intimidate MCAs into withdrawing their support for the bill but it is becoming increasingly clear to elected leaders that the support from the public is overwhelming,” said Dr Aukot.

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