We are not after pay – MP

Narok North Member of Parliament Moitalel Ole Kenta
Narok North Member of Parliament Moitalel Ole Kenta. Photo/Profile

Narok North Member of Parliament (MP)  Moitalel Ole Kenta has refuted claims that legislators want to extend the 2017 General Elections date from August to December so as to earn salaries.

Kenta, who is also the vice chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Implementation, said the Parliamentarians found the August date as not ideal saying that it will affect preparation of national examinations, budget preparation and will have an economic implication to the country.

The MP argued that the exact expiry date of the five-year term of elected leaders is supposed to be at the end of March 2018.

Kenta argued that the month of August is a dry month and pastoral communities in the North, South Rift and Northern Kenya might be locked out as they will have migrated in search of pasture for their livestock.

He maintained that presidential run-offs should happen between January and February and not in November and that if the election date is set for August, it would interfere with the learning calendar and other businesses.

This comes four days after Constitution Implementation Commission (CIC) chair Charles Nyachae said that any changes to the electoral dates must be subject to a constitutional review which must be through a referendum.

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