Bottomline: Residents of the county had expressed their dissatisfaction with the bill thus approving it would be viewed as betrayal of the highest order.
Ekuru Aukot’s Punguza Mizigo Bill faces another herculean task as Tharaka Nithi county MCAs vow to reject it once it is tabled on their floor of the house for debate.
Speaking after a public participation event that took place at Chuka town, Tharaka Nithi County Assembly leader of majority Murithi Gaturo, said he will rally Members of County Assembly to reject the bill.
Gaturo based his remarks on the fact that the bill had a lot of shortcomings as it provides no option for amendments to parts that do not go down well with their electorate especially reducing the number of constituencies.
“We will ensure that the bill does not pass once it is tabled in our assembly. This is because it has a yes or no option which we cannot approve due to the repercussions that are likely to accrue,” asserted Gaturo who is the MCA for Karingani Ward that encompasses Chuka town.
He said the residents of the county had expressed their dissatisfaction with the bill thus approving it would be viewed as betrayal.
Nominated MCA Ms. Anita Karimi who represents ethnic minorities implied that she will reject the bill while speaking at the same event. She based her argument on the fact that the position of the Deputy Governor would be abolished once the bill goes through.
“The Deputy Governor’s position will be done away with if this bill becomes law thus adverse effects since the position reduces governors’ powers as it is often used in balancing political equations, ”she said.
Public participation for the bill took place in all the wards of Tharaka Nithi County. The adhoc committee in charge of the bill, co-chaired by the majority and the minority leaders of the assembly, is set to meet so as to lay down more plans concerning the bill and which will culminate to the bill being tabled in the assembly chambers.