Bring back party hopping – MPs told


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Kiraitu Murungi addressing the press outside Jubilee Party Headquarters in Nairobi. [Photo/Diing Magot]

A section of politicians is calling on the National Assembly to review the Election Laws and Elections Offences Act (2016) with an aim of bringing back party hopping.

The move has been prompted by the bungled Jubilee Party county interim leaders elections that were marred by violence in most parts of the country, with many aspirants complaining of being rigged out.

Former Limuru Member of Parliament and Kiambu County Senatorial aspirant George Nyanja condemned the law barring party hopping terming it a retrogressive KANU-era law.

“As (Kenneth) Matiba said ‘let the people decide.’ There is nothing as wrong as imposing an unwanted leader,” said Nyanja.

He added that most Members of Parliament (MPs) are worried about the trend and are keen to reverse the law in January when they resume sittings from Christmas holiday.

“I have consulted wide and they (MPs) are saying party hopping must come back,” said former Limuru legislator.

He predicted mass defections in the political landscape in the near future, blaming it on the elections law.

Nyanja cited the departure of Nakuru County nominated senator Paul Njoroge from Jubilee saying he feared being rigged out in his senatorial seat ambitions.

He also pointed out at Nyeri County saying Governor Nderitu Gachagua forced his way into the Jubilee Party interim officials line up, yet he was rejected by a majority of party members.

“The Nyeri governor has been rejected by his county executive members, Members of County Assembly and members of parliament and then you hear he has been elected,” Nyanja said.

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