Cord: Abolition of senate targets killing devolution
26 November 2013, 15:55
Vihiga - Vihiga County assembly members allied to the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) have distanced themselves from the scheme by the Deputy Opposition Whip, Jakoyo Midiwo, and other MPs aimed at abolishing the Senate and seats reserved for women representatives in a move aimed at cutting down devolution costs.
The MCAs said that the remarks are in bad faith and are intended at killing devolution at a very tender age, when it should be picking up steadily for the benefit of the people countrywide.
"We are not going to support the idea of abolishing the Senate as suggested by Jakoyo Midiwo because we understand that it is a way of telling people that devolution will not work in the long run," nominated MCA Ben Ombima said.
They expressed concern that the National Assembly has resorted to politicking instead of serving the interests of the people, which may turn out to be very detrimental to the people.
Ombima, who is also the National Youth Coordinator in Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), said that the Vihiga MCAs had decided to support devolution at its best and they were working on mechanisms that will see it benefit the people on the ground fully.
"We don't want to keep the people in the Country anxious throughout the period we are in office. What we want is for the people to see us working and delivering the pledges made before the March 4 elections," Ombima said.
The MPs are also proposing a review of electoral boundaries to cut down the number of County assembly members from the current 1 450 to about 900. Further, they target the reduction of the number of constitutional commissions from thirteen to three.
"The MPs cannot say that they want to save the country from a financial collapse attributed to the huge wage Bill. Their aim is to kill devolution and we have seen it and will not support them at all," said Ombima.
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