Dr. Ekuru Aukots Punguza Mizigo Bill is facing hurdles as it gets rejected in more than 18 counties.
Several County officials have rejected the Punguza Mizigo Bill saying Dr. Aukot did not fully involve public participation thus making it inconsiderate.
Political pundits argue that the bill seeks to scrap off some important offices like the Deputy Governor’s, which is very significant in case the Governor’s position becomes vacant following unavoidable events.
Members of parliament say the reduction of constituencies from 416 to 147 is unrealistic and will lead to the underrepresentation of the people in their respective constituencies.
Among those rejecting the Punguza Mizigo bill include majority Leader Joel Ongoro, the Legal Affairs Committee Chair Michael Karumba.
“Reducing the number of constituencies would result in a situation where majority tribes will be electing their own political cronies at the expense of minority tribes,” argued Mr. Ongoro.
“It will erode the gains that have been made in the country since the enactment of the 2010 Constitution.”
“Dr. Ekuru Aukot did not subject the Bill to public participation before bringing it to this House for enactment. My people were not consulted when this Bill was being prepared and therefore it should be declared dead on arrival.”
Below is a list of counties that have rejected the Punguza Mizigo Bill so far: