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Murkomen to chair Senate’s referendum push

25 June 2015, 18:47 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen has been elected the Senate’s Select Committee on Legal and Constitutional Review chairman to push for a referendum seeking to empower the Senate in safeguarding devolution.

Murkomen said his committee in mandated to audit the Constitution, table the report in the House and come up with a Bill for the referendum on grounds that the independence of crucial devolution institutions are under threat of unaccountability.

“This committee’s work will guarantee the prosperity of devolved units from external and internal threats. A constitutional change will seek to strengthen the senate and other devolution institutions, including the county government and the media,” said Murkomen.

“This process is for prosperity. It will be a legacy for the senators in addressing constitutional flaws and challenged. The constitution was drafted in the assumption that it will be applied in
a moral and religious manner, but this has not been the case,” he added.

Murkomen pointed out that there is need to end many disagreements and confusions witnessed between the Senate and National Assembly in the last two years.

“It was not envisaged in law that an institution such as the Parliament Service Commission (PSC) in a bicameral system, which undermine one House,” said Murkomen.

He maintained that the Bill will not only benefit the Senate’s functions but also provide a proper roadmap strengthening the media in its oversight and accountability coverage role to government institutions without interference.

 Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr who was elected Murkomen’s vice chair said the senate was on the right path to assert its authority and give independence to institutions under threat.

“I have no doubt that the process we are undertaking is for prosperity and not self satisfaction. This Senate should emerge better and erase the small bad history of the first senate, which didn’t go beyond its first,” said Kilonzo.

Senator James Orengo who is the committee’s member said they do intend to change the fundamental principles of the Constitution but to make it better by reviewing the gaps.

“We are going to perfect this law. We are targeting grey areas, with teething problem and it will be done in a bi-partisan manner,” said Orengo.

Other senators in the committee include Boni Khalwale (Kakamega), Hassan Omar (Mombasa) and Muriuki Karue (Nyandarua), Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), Billow Kerrow (Mandera) and nominated senators; Halima Abille and Naisula Lesuuda.

The Jubilee administration which has been opposed to any push for a referendum during its reign now faces a tough time with the opposition pushing for its Okoa Kenya referendum, Governors pushing for Pesa Mashinani referendum in addition to the Senate’s referendum.

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