Siaya county assembly has rejected Thirdway Alliance’s Punguza Mizigo draft bill just after the bill’s campaign proponent, Dr. Ekuru Aukot, presented it to them on Thursday.
According to the 41-member assembly, the proposed law was likely to erode constitutional gains achieved since 2010 if okayed.
SIAYA COUNTY Assembly shoots down Punguza Mzigo Bill 2019; MCAs say proposed law likely to erode constitutional gains achieved since 2010. pic.twitter.com/gyilGovCrs
— NationBreakingNews (@NationBreaking) August 29, 2019
ODM politicians have been campaigning against the initiative which has been termed a threat to Raila Odinga’s and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Building Bridges Initiative(BBI).
While campaigning for BBI last month, senate minority leader James Orengo, MPs Otiende Amollo (Rarieda) and Homa Bay woman representative Gladys Wanga urged their supporters to ignore the Punguza Mizigo drive and instead focus on the one to be formulated by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
“Let all county assemblies in this region reject the Bill if they mean well for Kenya. Let us all wait for the BBI to give us a Bill that will enable us to get the right constitution. Punguza Mizigo Bill is meant for confusing Kenyans,” Wanga said.
Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru in a controversial tweet on Wednesday as well predicted the doom of Ekuru’s Initiative in Mt.Kenya region. She claimed that Mt. Kenya will only support the Building Bridges Initiative following allegations that Nyeri county had already rejected the proposal.
As I've said before, Mt Kenya is fully in support of BBI as evidenced today in Nyeri where the bill presented by Ekuru Aukot has been rejected by the whole assembly.
Nyeri County has set the precedence, other counties are most likely to follow. These are signs of the times ahead.
— Anne Waiguru (@AnneWaiguru) August 28, 2019