Legislators and Religious Leaders Call For Constitutional Amendments
A section of legislators are calling for the constitution amendments as the debate threats to tear apart political affiliations. The members of 12th parliament both in the ruling and opposition parties have raised divergent issues about the existing 2010 constitution.
Five lawmakers including west Mugirango MP Vincent Mogaka and his counterpart George Karuiki have presented proposals seeking to reduce the cabinet secretaries number from 22 to 12 and counties from the existing 47-12.The five have also proposed a creation of Prime Minister’s post and scrapping off the senate, nominated members positions and MCA’s. On 3rd October the Member of Parliament for Kiminini constituency Hon Chris Wamalwa continued to debate the constitution of Kenya amendment bill 2018 that seeks to change the election date.
On the other hand the religious leader led by EAK Chairman Dr M ark Karuiki of Evangelical Alliance of Kenya have called Kenyans to re-evaluate the constitution and address the critical sections that needs to be changed for the betterment of their lives .“Time has come for a proper and comprehensive audit of the constitution .Any referendum should be informed by what Kenyans say they need not based on what politicians dictate for themselves.”Said the EAK chairman Bishop Mark Karuiki. They also cited that Kenyans as a whole should be stewards of the constitutional amendments adding that chapter six on leadership and integrity together with article 10 on the national values needed changes to meet Kenyans aspirations.
“Kenyans not politicians should be drivers of their process which should be initiated and moved at county level rather than big Bomas of Kenya like meetings that often end up being inflicted with partisan interests. The clergy has written to the national speaker seeking to reduce counties that will be under a provincial governor and a reduction of ministries to a maximum of 22.
This happens as Rift valley leaders led by Keiyo south MP Daniel Rono and Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandagor oppose the move of scrapping off constituencies, Mandago citing that instead more Wards should be created instead of scrapping them off.
By Akivaga Sally