NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 25 – Members of Parliament who do not have
university degrees on Monday breathed a sigh of relief after President
Mwai Kibaki declined to sign the controversial Miscellaneous Amendment
Bill as passed by Parliament last Thursday.
The President was particularly irked by amendments allowing
party-hopping and the MPs degree requirement and has now returned the
Bill to Parliament for amendments.
“The President refused to sign into law the Statute Law
(Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2012 in exercise of the powers conferred
on him by section 46 (3) of the former Constitution. Noting that the
Bill proposes to amend section 41 of the Political Parties Act 2011,
President Kibaki said the matter of the consequence of defecting from
political parties or changing allegiance between parties is already the
subject of court petitions,” a statement from the Presidential Press
Service (PPS) said.
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