In­volve public in law­mak­ing, House or­dered

Tana River res­i­dent says none of the draft bills have been cir­cu­lated to wananchi

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - MKAMBURI MWAWASI @Mkam­buriM

The Tana River county assem­bly has been or­dered to in­volve wananchi in law­mak­ing. The county has been ac­cused of pass­ing bills with­out res­i­dents’ in­put, a con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ment.

Jus­tice Njoki Mwangi at the High Court in Mom­basa di­rected the assem­bly not to hold public hear­ings as sched­uled in a no­tice placed in the Daily Na­tion.

She made the rul­ing in a case filed by Ibrahim Wayu, who sought or­ders re­strain­ing the county from tabling the An­i­mal Con­trol Bill, 2016 pend­ing hear­ing and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the suit.

He said the no­tice in the Daily Na­tion did not give ad­e­quate time for res­i­dents to ac­quire copies of the bills lined up for de­bate. They in­clude the Bur­sary Ad­min­is­tra­tion Bill and Wa­ter San­i­ta­tion Ser­vices Bill.

Wayu, in his af­fi­davit, said none of the draft bills had been cir­cu­lated to the public. “Se­cu­rity be­ing the main con­cern and con­flict be­tween the Pokomo and the Orma in Tana River county, the Poko­mos have not been given enough time to at­tend the hear­ings of the bill,” he said.

Wayu was also con­cerned that the county had used an English lan­guage news­pa­per to pass its mes­sage, yet the peo­ple have low lit­er­acy lev­els and have no ac­cess to the in­ter­net to get the in­for­ma­tion.


The Tana River county assem­bly. MCAs have been sued for not seek­ing the public’s in­put in bills tabled in the House

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