Four coun­ties in grip of Nasa pass mo­tion to form Peo­ple’s Assem­bly

MCAS in Bu­sia, Si­aya, Vi­higa and Homa Bay ap­prove pro­posal unan­i­mously

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Nasa says the as­sem­blies will fight for elec­toral jus­tice

least four coun­ties in western Kenya have adopted pro­posal to form Peo­ple’s Assem­bly to push for op­po­si­tion Nasa’s quest for elec­toral jus­tice.

On Thurs­day, Bu­sia, Vi­higa and Homa Bay coun­ties ap­proved the for­ma­tion of the as­sem­blies, a day af­ter Si­aya County.

In Bu­sia, the bill was adopted fol­low­ing a mo­tion moved by Deputy Mi­nor­ity Leader Moses Ochieng’ and sec­onded by Mal­aba Cen­tral Ward MCA Bernard Papa.

Dur­ing the ses­sion presided over by Speaker Bernard Bu­luma, Mayenje Ward MCA David Luyemba (Ju­bilee) op­posed the mo­tion.

Gardy Jakaa of Bukhayo North/walatsi (In­de­pen­dent) asked the Speaker about the au­then­tic­ity of the bill since it had no sig­na­ture, but was over­ruled.

The bill will be pre­sented to Bu­sia Gov­er­nor Sospeter Ojaa­mong to be signed into law. Sen­a­tors James Orengo (Si­aya), Cleophas Malala (Kakamega), and for­mer sen­a­tors Boni Khal­wale and John­son Muthama, among oth­ers, on Thurs­day toured Kakamega and Vi­higa County As­sem­blies to wit­ness the ap­proval of the mo­tions. “As Nasa, we need to stream­line

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the struc­ture of the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment so that we can com­pete at the level of our minds,” said Mr Khal­wale.

In Kakamega, how­ever, the de­bate was post­poned to next Tues­day.

Vi­higa County Assem­bly, how­ever, adopted the pro­posal. The mo­tion was in­tro­duced for de­bate by Ma­jor­ity Leader Wy­cliffe Masini, not­ing it will en­able res­i­dents dis­cuss is­sues of great im­por­tance on proper gover­nance.

Dur­ing de­bate on the mo­tion, sharp di­vi­sion emerged be­tween Nasa MCAS and those al­lied to for­mer Gov­er­nor Moses Akaranga’s Pro­gres­sive Party of Kenya (PPK).

Of the nine PPK MCAS, only three at­tended the ses­sion. In Homa Bay, the mo­tion for the adop­tion was moved by Assem­bly Deputy Ma­jor­ity Leader Ruth Om­bura.

“The con­sti­tu­tion stip­u­lates that the sov­er­eign power be­longs to the peo­ple. The pow­ers will be ex­er­cised well only if we form the Peo­ple’s Assem­bly in this county,” said Ms Om­bura.

Kanyamwa Kosewe MCA Ni­cholas Owaka ac­cused the state of fail­ing to solve per­sis­tent con­flict be­tween Kenya and Uganda over own­er­ship of Migingo and other Kenyan is­lands in Lake Vic­to­ria. “Pro­tec­tion of our boarder is a key role of the na­tional gov­ern­ment but its un­for­tu­nate Uganda is con­trol­ling part of our land,” said Mr Owaka.

As Nasa, we need to stream­line the struc­ture of the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment so that we can com­pete at the level of our minds,” Dr Boni Khal­wale, ex se­na­tor.

Re­port­ing by Gai­tano Pessa, Der­ick Lu­vega, Sha­ban Makokha and Bar­rack Oduor

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