Saturday July 20, 2019-Barely a day after IEBC approved the signatures for Thirdway Alliance paving the way for a debate for constitutional change, Deputy President William Ruto seems to have hijacked Ekuru Aukot’s referendum push even after opposing it at first.

According to the Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, who is Ruto’s right hand man, the Senate will endorse the Punguza Mizigo Bill by Thirdway Alliance leader Ekuru Aukot.

He disclosed that his boss, William Ruto, is fully behind the Punguza Mzingo and wants the country to adopt the changes proposed in the bill.

He further noted that the proposal to make the Senate an upper House is likely to be received well by senators.

“In the current context of what we are going through, the constitutional issues we are dealing with in the Senate and counties, Aukot’s proposals are extremely attractive to those who support devolution, if it is that attractive, there is a high probability that his proposal will pass,” Murkomen stated.

“Because of the provision on strengthening Senate and strengthening devolution and guaranteeing 35 per cent going to counties again that is extremely attractive to Senate there are high chances senators might welcome his proposals based on the current struggle we have had for the last six years,” he added.

Murkomen was optimistic that the proposal could sail through in more than 24 County Assemblies given the benefits it promises the devolved units once adopted.

“With wards being recognised and resources being devolved to the ward level, getting 24 counties might be very easy for Aukot,” he reiterated.


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