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8 things you might not know about Okoa Kenya referendum bill

23 April 2015, 18:06 William Korir

Nairobi - The Coalition for Reform and Democracy CORD coalition has launched the Okoa Kenya referendum bill. What should Kenyans know about it?

The coalition has insisted that there are several changes that need to be made to the constitution in-order to guarantee equality and accountability in several facets of government.

What exactly does the bill seek to have amended? Here are some highlights.

1. Clause 4 proposes and independent National Land Commission (NLC).

2. Clause 5 proposes share of profits to communities where natural resources are extracted.

3. Clause 7 proposes parties share contents of their elections register and for Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to maintain one single register. Clause 12 proposes IEBC commissioners be nominated and appointed by political parties based on numerical strength of parties in parliament in previous election results.

4. Clause 13 proposes county governments file quarterly reports with Senate to explain spending.

5. Clause 17 proposes powers to appoint Chief Justice taken away from president.

6. Clause 19 proposes judges to be independently appointed without president's involvement.

7. Clause 20 proposes minimum funding to counties increased from 15 to 45 percent.

8. Clause 23 proposes maximum 15 per cent public service appointments to be from one ethnic community. 

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