MP drafting a law to reduce counties from 47 to 25
17 December 2015, 17:26
Nairobi - Mwingi Central MP, Joe Mutambu has initiated a draft Amendment Bill to the Constitution to have counties reduced from the current 47 to 25 in an effort he cut public wage bill caused by over representation.
Mutambu through his amendment Bill also seeks Women Representative positions for counties scrapped, the number of MPs reduced from 290 to about 70, and that of Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) reduced to 1 000.
The MP maintains that having 25 governors, 25 senators and abolition of seats for nominated legislators will help save the taxpayers' over KES 200 billion spend on salaries and other expenses annually.
"Counties such as Nyeri and Kirinyaga, Makueni & Machakos are closer to each other and should be merged while counties that are large in size will remain," said Mutambu.
Mutambu observed that reducing the number of counties to 25 will not only help resolve the problem of over representation but also foster equality in representation, equity in sharing resources and reducing competition for such resources by merging counties.
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"This will ensure a County does compete for resources with the nearby County as witnessed and will promote equitable distribution of resources in counties while improving access to services for residents," said Mutambu.
The legislator said he has already consulted with relevant stakeholders regarding his proposed amendments to the Constitution and that they are looking into them for consideration.
If Mutambu's changes to the Constitution are accepted by the relevant stakeholders and the public, the process will require a referendum for official adoption of the amendments.
His proposal follows the Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria's push to have Women Rep seats and Senate scrapped to cut the wage bill that has made life difficult for the common mwananchi.
The proposal to cut over representation in leadership also comes at a time when the country is forging a way to meet the two-third gender rule representation where there is a proposal to have the number of women representatives in 47 counties increased from one to two per County.
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