AUKOT SETBACK

Nakuru becomes eighth county to reject Punguza Mizigo Bill

MCAs cited reduction of constituencies as one of the reasons for rejecting the bill.

In Summary

• The bill tabled by Naivasha Biashara ward MCA Erick Gichuki was quashed by a technicality after former majority leader Stanley Karanja failed to second it.

Thirdway Alliance leader Ekuru Aukot addresses journalists after a past meeting with Busia county assembly members.
Thirdway Alliance leader Ekuru Aukot addresses journalists after a past meeting with Busia county assembly members.
Image: JANE CHEROTICH

The Nakuru County Assembly has become the eighth county to reject the Punguza Mizigo Bill sponsored by Thirdway Alliance Party.

The bill tabled by Naivasha Biashara ward MCA Erick Gichuki was quashed by a technicality after former majority leader Stanley Karanja failed to second it.

Karanja said the majority of the MCAs cited said several gaps among them the reduction of constituencies which he said would eventually affect wards.

 
 

"The chapters of the Punguza Mizigo are faulty. How can they say they won't amend it, not even adding a comma? The bill has no space in the Assembly, " Karanja said.

Already, Siaya, Homa Bay, Nyamira and Murang'a among other counties have debated the bill and rejected it. Only Uasin Gishu County has passed it.

The proposed law aims to make changes, including reducing Parliament’s annual budget from Sh36.8 billion to Sh5 billion, reducing the number of Members of Parliament from 416 to 147 and introducing a seven-year one-term presidency.

At least 24 county assemblies should approve the bill for it to move to the National Assembly and the Senate for approval.

If the majority of the MPs in the Houses support it, it will be presented to the President for assent.

The turn of events by the Assembly has left many residents surprised.

When Aukot introduced the bill at the Nakuru Assembly, the Thirdway Alliance leader said once passed, it will allow allocation of more funds to the wards.


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