Thursday September 19, 2019 - Thirdway Alliance's Ekuru Aukot has suffered a major setback after the County Assemblies Forum (CAF) ordered all Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) to stop debating the Punguza Mizigo Bill.

Addressing the press yesterday, the coordinating body of the 47 assemblies stated that they will give a way forward adding that the bill had to be taken through the public participation process first before the MCAs could be allowed to debate further.

"CAF has resolved in light of the ongoing debates on the constitutional amendments and impending referendum that all county assemblies henceforth cease any debates on the Punguza Mizigo Constitutional Amendment 2019 so as to allow sufficient time for effective public participation in order to have the comprehensive views from the mwananchi," CAF explained. 

The CAF further stated that it would issue further instructions to assemblies on October 11, 2019, regarding the continued debate of Aukot's bill. 

According to CAF, they had also put on hold any other bill (including the yet-to-be concluded Building Bridges Initiative) from being debated on until Aukot's bill was attended to. 

"CAF will convene and have a seat on Friday, October 11, 2019, to have a common position on the Punguza Mizigo Initiative and further consider views from the public and give directions to the County Assemblies for the best interest of Kenyan citizens.”

"All other bills too have been put on hold. The only bill being processed is the Punguza Mizigo Bill and it is the public participation component that will be ongoing." 

CAF further declared that all the assemblies will vote on the bill on the same day, after considering the public views gathered.

This means they will only have three days to debate on the bill.

"On October 15, 2019, all County Assemblies will either pass or reject the bill in accordance with the public responses that we will have gathered by that time," CAF asserted.


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