MP supports proposal to scrap off Senate, Women Rep position


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Baringo Central MP Sammy Mwaita has come out to support the social-economic audit report by Auditor General that seeks to reduce the number of legislators in the elective political positions.

Speaking in Kabarnet Town, Mwaita said that Kenyans are overrepresented leading to a burgeoning wage bill that has led to a lag in development projects due to lack of funds.

He proposed the amendment of the Constitution so as crap the seat of the position of Senator, Women Representative and nominated MPs and MCAs.

Barwesa Legislator Joseph Makilap also spoke in support of the project further saying the number of MPs should be reduced to the previous 222 to reduce the wage bill.

He appealed to women to fight for elective positions than to depend on nominations.

A committee established to audit the social-economic cost of implementing the 2010 Constitution of Kenya recommended a reduction in the number of Members of Parliament, Members of the County Assembly and the overall legislative representation to reduce the wage bill.

According to Auditor General Edward Ouko, the Constitution of Kenya 2010 is prescriptive and ambitious, adding that they would give it 3.5 out of 5 in terms of implementation since its inception in 2010.

“Our Constitution is perceptive, maybe for a good reason because we had many issues to deal with in terms of checks and balances. On a scale of 1-5, the Constitution implementation and response to public needs, I would place it 3.5,” he said.

He added: “The cost of implementing the Constitution directly corresponds with the number of people representing Kenyans. The more the numbers the higher the cost.”

The working group recommended that Kenya adopts a Mixed Member proportional representation where a certain number of parliamentary seats will be contested directly in single member constituencies with the rest being shared out based on political parties’ performance to take care of gender, youth, marginalised communities and people living with disabilities.

By Joshua Chesire

 

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