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February 22, 2018

Kisumu leaders debate formation of People's Assembly

Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o arriving at the county assembly, November 14, 2017. /FAITH MATETE
Kisumu Governor Anyang' Nyong'o arriving at the county assembly, November 14, 2017. /FAITH MATETE

Kisumu county debated a motion to form a People's Assembly on Tuesday.

Governor Anyang Nyong'o said the motion tabled by majority leader Kenneth Odhiambo will give residents the opportunity to restore rule of law and democratic elections.

"We want an election which reflects on the will of the people and not that which sanitises certain authoritatian regimes," he said.

Senator Fred Outa asked MCAs to pass it within the shortest time possible.

"I want to encourage you to pass this motion that will give the people of Kenya their sovereignty," he said.

He added: "We don't recognise that Uhuru Kenyatta was president elect in the sham exercise. We witnessed how IEBC bungled the process both in August and October and want to force Kenya to go back to the older days."

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Kisumu West MP Olago Oluoch assured the County Assembly that they have the powers to debate the motion as it is anchored in the constitution.

He said the People's Assembly will enable residents to contribute to matters of national importance.

The Assembly will continue to debate the motion on Wednesday.

Already Siaya, Homa Bay and Vihiga counties have passed a motion to form the People's Assembly.

The motion is spearheaded by NASA to push for electoral justice and initiate a review of the Constitution to safeguard devolution.

The People’s Assembly would comprise governors, deputy governors, senators, MPs, MCAs, religious, trade union and civil society leaders; and representatives of youth and women’s organisations.



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