Referendum is now unstoppable as IEBC approves Punguza Mzigo bill - MPs to be reduced from 416 to 147

Thursday July 18, 2019-Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has today said the constitutional amendment Bill fronted by Third Way Alliance party led by Dr Ekuru Aukot.

According to the IEBC, the bill popularly known as Punguza Mzigo, had support of 1.2 million registered voters which is a constitutional requirement for approval.

“The Commission has since verified that the initiative has been supported by 1,222,541 registered voters. This is, therefore, to notify the public and stakeholders that the initiative has met the requisite threshold as required by the said Article 257 (A) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010,” reads a statement from the IEBC.

The electoral commission has also said that in adherence to the law, it will submit the draft Bill to the 47 County Assemblies for consideration within three months from the date of its submission.

The bill seeks to scale down the number of counties to reduce the country’s wage bill.

It advocates for the reduction of the number of MPs from the current 416 to 147, caps monthly salaries of elected leaders to a maximum pay of Sh500,000 for the president and Sh300,000 for MPs, as well as increasing counties' share of national revenue from 15 per cent to at least 35 per cent.

The Kenyan DAILY POST

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