In Summary
  • Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata described it as a set of “ambitiously crafted self-defeating proposals”.
  • Mr Kang’ata dismissed the amendment proposals, saying they could die on arrival if the political bigwigs do not endorse them.
  • Mr Murkomen added that some of the drastic suggestions may not get favour in the National Assembly.

A day after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) certified the referendum plan Punguza Mizigo Initiative, the move elicited mixed reactions, with some leaders saying that it was dead on arrival while others praised it as a solution to the country’s woes.

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata described it as a set of “ambitiously crafted self-defeating proposals”.

“I think that the concept of Punguza Mizigo on reducing the burden of Wanjiku is laudable. We should focus our limited resources to development and service delivery as opposed to unnecessary recurrent expenditure such as allowances and travel. The proposals are over-ambitious and crafted in such a way that they do not get necessary support from stakeholders,” Mrs Waiguru said.

NO LAUGHING MATTER

Mr Kang’ata dismissed the amendment proposals, saying they could die on arrival if the political bigwigs — President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President Wiliam Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga — do not endorse them.

Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen praised the proposals, but hinged their success on which House of Parliament will handle the bill if it gets the nod of the county assemblies.

“Those who have been frowning on the idea of a referendum must know that it is no longer a laughing matter,” he said. “This is the only proposal that may drive the country to a referendum before the 2022 general election,” he said.

Mr Murkomen added that some of the drastic suggestions may not get favour in the National Assembly.

Although they congratulated the idea of a leaner government, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr and County Assemblies Forum (CAF) chairperson and Kajiado Speaker Johnson Osoi said they don’t agree with the proposal for a one-term President.

JUICY PACKAGE

“We might end up electing a President who just sits in office and waits to retire with a juicy package,” Mr Osoi said.

Nyeri County Assembly Speaker John Kaguchia said he intends to organise sessions for members of his assembly to objectively ventilate on all the proposals given.

“After that, every MCA should make either an individual or collective stand on the proposals to inform the outcome of the vote,” Mr Kaguchia said.

‘Unnecessary nominations’

Nyamira County Assembly Speaker Moffat Teya, who confirmed receiving the draft proposal from the IEBC, said it had set the stage to discuss the unnecessary nominations to county assemblies and the National Assembly.

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