Monday August 5, 2019 – Last week, the National Security Council Committee (NSCC) met for the first time this year where they deliberated on issues affecting the nation such as drought, cancer and the Punguza Mzigo Bill sponsored by Third Way Alliance Party leader, Dr Ekuru Aukot.

The committee, which is chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta resolved to ensure there is enough maize in the country and also roll out cancer screening centers in every County with an aim of reducing mortality as a result of the dreaded disease.

On the issue of the Punguza Mzigo Bill, Uhuru was briefed by National Intelligence Service (NIS) boss, Philip Kameru, on how the initiative is gaining momentum despite being opposed by National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga.

Uhuru is yet to declare whether he supports the Punguza Mzigo Bill.

According to Dr Ekuru Aukot, the bill proposes an increase of County revenue share allocation from the current 15 per cent to at least 35 per cent.

The bill also seeks to slash the number of MPs from the current 416 to 147, as well as alter the President’s term from the current two five-year terms to a single seven-year term.

It also seeks to scrap the Deputy Governor’s position and nominated slots in the National Assembly, Senate and in County Assemblies.

Aukot’s bill has already shaken the country’s politics, even prompting Raila Odinga to ask his troops to ignore it, and instead wait for the recommendations of the Building Bridges Task Force created by him and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Wachaneni na hii ingine inaitwa Punguza Gunia (ignore the other push to amend the laws),” Raila said last week.


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