By VITALIS KIMUTAI and PETER OPIYO
There is fresh controversy over creation of new electoral boundaries sparked by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament.
This follows some of its recommendations for changes to the report by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC). Creating 60 new wards in 57 constituencies has divided MPs, with some stating it had overstepped its mandate in 28 counties.
Among those opposed to any alterations of the IEBC report on the delimitation of electoral boundaries are joint Government Chief Whip Jakoyo Midiwo, Lands Minister James Orengo, and Kisumu Town East MP, Olago-Aluoch.
They argue that the committee overstepped its mandate when it altered the report instead of making recommendations. Debate on constituency boundaries and creation of new wards often got emotional when Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission members toured the country soliciting wananchiâs views. [PHOTO: FILE/STANDARD]
Debate on constituency boundaries and creation of new wards often got emotional when Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission members toured the country soliciting wananchiâs views. [PHOTO: FILE/STANDARD]
"MPs are worried that the committee is altering the boundaries of constituencies and county wards as we speak. Last night, I received over 20 calls," Midiwo told Parliament.
But Juja MP, William Kabogo and Ikolomani MP, Boni Khalwale defended the committee, saying it was undertaking its mandate as outlined in the Constitution and the IEBC Act.
"The committee should be allowed to look at the report and make recommendations to the House. The House will then hand over the report to the IEBC, and allow it to exercise its independence in the delimitation of boundaries," said Khalwale.
Committee Chairman Ababu Namwamba and members Millie Odhiambo (nominated) and Abdikadir Mohammed also defended their actions, saying the law was clear on their role and that they had adhered to the law.