Bill reducing number of MPs by 269 gets 1.2m threshold signatures

A Bill that seeks to cut down the number of MPs by 64 percent has met the minimum threshold of 1.2 million signatures.

The Punguza Mizigo referendum campaign bill was fronted by former presidential aspirant Ekuru Aukot.

It seeks to make the Senate the upper house, threatening the authority of the National Assembly.

It champions for the reduction of the number of Members of Parliament from 416 to 147.

It also limits elected leaders’ salaries to a maximum of Sh500,000 for the president and Sh300,000 for MPs.

Thirdway Alliance Party leader Dr Ekuru Aukot handing over the Punguza Mizigo draft Bill to the IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati.
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The Bill also seeks to increase the counties’ budget from 15 per cent to 35 per cent.

Other suggestions include: trial of all corruption cases within 30 days and a life sentence for those convicted.

The Bill also proposes a single seven-year- term for presidents and automatic registration of those picking national identification cards as voters.

IEBC will take the Bill to 47 county assemblies for adoption before being presented before Parliament for debate, then Senate.

A minimum of 24 county assemblies must adopt it before it is sent to the National Assembly.

The Bill is likely to bypass this stage as it favours the Member of County Assemblies (MCAs) by retaining all the 1,450 wards. It also advocates for them to be given a county development kitty.

However, the Bill is unlikely to bypass the National Assembly as it suggests a cut on the number of MPs by 249. Nonetheless, the draft bill favours the Senate as only 20 members will be cut down and in return, they get to be the upper house.

If approved by 24 county assemblies and the national assembly, the draft bill will become law. If one of the assemblies disapproves it, the bill will be taken for a referendum.

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