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Senate collecting views on Bill to scrap Nairobi County

By For Citizen Digital

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Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill proposes elevation of Nairobi County to a 'National Capital City'. Photo/Courtesy

The Senate Justice and Legal Affairs Committee is in the process of collecting public views on a Bill moved by House Deputy Speaker and Murang’a County Senator, Kembi Gitura, to have Nairobi County scrapped from the list of devolved units in Kenya.

The Bill proposed Nairobi be placed directly under the national government as a ‘National Capital City’ as opposed to its current status of a County headquarter.

“The Constitution of Kenya Bill wants the number of counties to be reduced. Nairobi as a county should now be elevated to being a capital city and should not be a county,” said Wako.

If it sees the light of the day, the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill will empower the President, with approval of the National Assembly, to appoint a Cabinet Secretary in charge of the Nairobi Capital City.

The CS would have the mandate to run the National Capital City affairs and would be answered to the Office of the President.

The Bill, however, maintains Nairobi’s representation in the National Assembly by MPs elected by voters in constituency in the city.

The Senate Committee chair, Amos Wako, disclosed that his team is also conducting public participation on four other Bills including a one brought by Makueni Senator, Mutula Kilonzo Jr, proposing formulation of a law that would decisively deal with counties boundaries disputes.

Wako said that the Bill is crucial to the country noting that there are numerous border disputes among counties.

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