Don’t sign anti-party hop­ping bill, Uhuru told

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley -

Emu­rua Dikirr MP Jo­hana Ng’eno has ap­pealed to Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta not to as­sent to the party hop­ping bill. He said it will in­ter­fere with Kenyans’ demo­cratic rights. Ng’eno spoke at Ku­rankurik on Wed­nes­day. He said 300 MCAs, 60 MPs, six se­na­tors and four gov­er­nors are against the Pres­i­dent sign­ing the bill. The Emu­rua Dikirr MP said if the Pres­i­dent signs the bill into law, those against it will have no op­tion but to move to court to seek a con­sti­tu­tional in­ter­pre­ta­tion. Par­lia­ment should not be al­lowed to a pass a law that is con­sid­ered un­demo­cratic, Ng’eno said. “We have seen pop­u­lar can­di­dates be­ing rigged out of nom­i­na­tions in the pop­u­lar par­ties only for them to move to fringe par­ties and be elected. No­body should limit Kenyans from choos­ing the lead­ers of their choice,” the MP said. The leg­is­la­tor crit­i­cised the merger of par­ties, say­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties are funded by tax­pay­ers and they should be al­lowed to thrive. Most lead­ers are go­ing to suf­fer since they will be tech­ni­cally kicked out of their par­ties, Ng’eno said. The leg­is­la­tor said he is cer­tain most Kenyans do not sup­port the anti-party hop­ping bill. He urged the Pres­i­dent to re­turn the bill to Par­lia­ment for fur­ther dis­cus­sion.

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