M4M unveils the Presidential Amendment Bill
29 August 2013, 14:26
Nairobi - The March 4th Movement(M4M) on Thursday unveiled the amendment Bill in the Constitution's Article 138 it is pushing for to do away with in the popular vote in the Presidential elections.
Addressing the press during its unveiling, Okiyo Omtatah, the M4M founder said the circulation of copies of the Bill would give the public full, relevant information as provided to overcome false information that the Movement aims at destabilizing the government.
"We have printed over 10 million copies of the amendment Bill in English, 5 million in Kiswahili and released more in other local languages to enable the pubic across the nation understand the issues M4M is addressing regarding the amendment of Article 138 of the Constitution," said Omtatah.
Omtatah denied the allegation that M4M is basically pushing for the Referendum in line with that of the Governors' for allocating more resources to Counties saying the two legal issues can be settled in Parliament without going for the Referendum.
"The clamor around the Referendum to settle the M4M amendment issue on Article 138 of the Constitution and that of the Governors' demanding for more resources to the Counties can be solved amicably in the Parliament without conducting an expensive Referendum," said Omtatah.
"That is why we have followed the legal process of collecting one million signatures from citizens supporting the provisions of the Bill before forging to the Parliament for an amendment. It is then the lawmakers who will decide to pass the Bill or reject it, forcing us to go for the costly Referendum," added Omtatah.
He said that the success of the M4M amendment Bill on the Presidential election that is highly dominated by tribalism and massive rigging would be a thing of the past as every tribe would have an equal opportunity of leading the nation regardless of their numbers.
Omtatah also said that the process of distributing copies of the amendment Bill by their members countrywide should be embraced soberly by the government not to arrest them on allegations that they are crooks yet they have followed the legal process.
He further said that the Movement looks forward to have completed the collection of the signatures in six months and having attained their target of 1.6 million which is high above the Constitution's requirement.
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