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CIOC put to task in Malindi

01 March 2012, 11:25 Alloys Musyoka

Constitution and Implementation Oversight Committee which was in Malindi on Monday to collect Kenyans views on poll date, boundaries and gender representation was put to task by leaders who demanded the exercise to be rescheduled since residents had not been informed.

The committee was asked to postpone the exercise to allow residents from Lamu, Kilifi and Tana River Counties to attend as their views were of great important if they are to be considered.

Malindi parliamentary aspirant Mr. Fuadi Kombe said the Constitution Implementation Oversight Committee was just taking Kenyans to a ride if they were not going to postpone the exercise so as to give chance to all residents from the three counties to participate.

“The government is taking Kenyans to a ride and spending a lot of our revenue on these committees yet they had not informed public of the sitting. Some of us we just got the information today the day of the sitting what of those who did not get information and they have views?” he asked.

He said if at all public views are of any important to the implementation of the constitution then the exercise should be called off.

However Bura Member of parliament Abdi Noor who was chairing the sitting dismissed the claims that public were not informed and maintained that through national newspapers 17th February 2012 and local radio stations public were inform of the sitting all over the country.

“These sitting all over the country were advertised through national newspaper and radio stations so there are no excuses of not attending. Public had ten good days to prepare.
We will only take views of those who are here but those who feel have been locked can also submit their views through parliamentary contacts either by posting letters or by emailing through national parliamentary clerk,” noted the Bura MP.

The MP noted that he would advise the parliament in future to make sure that such sitting for collecting views are held at every county so that all Kenyans can get chance to contribute.

Abdi Noor was accompanied by Malindi MP Gideon Mung’aro and Malindi Mayor Samson Mapinga, parliamentarians who did not attend the exercise due to unavoidable circumstances were Trade minister Ali Makwere, Kilifi MP Benedict Gunda and Garseni MP Danson Mungatana.

 Members of Public raised concerns over the issue of collecting views which they blamed the government for failing to adopt them.

Mr. Harison Katana told the committee that “Our views should not just be taken and not adopted because government have that tendency of dumping views of 30 million Kenyans and adopt views of few members of parliament. We condemn that behavior by parliamentarians,” he said.

 He advised that the general election be held in December while Mr. Kassim Omar said there was no need of changing the new constitution which Kenyans themselves vehemently vote for adding that it was Kenyans right which they should not beg for.

The general election some want the election date to be on August while others want it to be held in December in conditions that the constitution on election date remain in August.

Public blamed members of parliament for trying to change the new constitution on what they termed as mainly to fulfill their political needs.

According to Kashero Kinyaka “Members of parliament want to change the constitution forever but we don’t want we are the ones who voted for the new constitution election date let it be December for the sake of this election but it must remain August in the constitution,” he said.

He said the government should relay mostly on Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission advice since they knew what time the country can have fair and free election.

 On the issue of boundary public proposed that current boundaries should not be changed and election can be held after which they can be changed.

Gender representation members of public said that there should be no negotiation as the new  constitution had clearly explained everything about gender representation.

“Issues of gender parity and equity in elective positions specifically in National assembly and senate there is no need of debate let it be the way it is in the constitution,” said Mr. Kashero Kinyaka.

The Committee of Implementation and Over sight Committee was having one day sitting collecting views from members of public so that they can be adopted at the parliament when the bill is going to be debated.

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