By Aris Wanyonyi.
Leaders drawn from Bungoma County have said that they will thoroughly go through the proposed Punguza Mizigo and Building Bridges Initiative bills before making a decision.
The proposed Punguza Mizigo bill is being spearheaded by the third alliance party leader Dr Ekuru Aukot while BBI is being championed by ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
Led by Bungoma Senator Moses Masika Wetang’ula they said that the leaders said that they will thoroughly vet the two bills before making a formal report.
He said that both the bills are still at an infant stage and needs an in depth assessment.
“We as your leaders are not supporting the Punguza Mizigo bill, never the less let alone the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), let them tell us how their proposed bills will benefit the common Mwananchi,”.
The Ford Kenya party leader called on the stakeholders in charge of the two bills to enlighten Kenyans on the referendum question in hand.
Bungoma County Woman Rep Catherine Wambilianga said “I can’t support Aukot’s Punguza Mizigo bill because it proposes scrapping of the Woman Rep posts, why should should I support a bill that will render me jobless? For affirmative action to be realized for Women posts should be increased instead,”.
Wetang’ula continued “I have recently talked to Mr Aukot and challenged him on what knew since he was among the committee of experts members that drafted the 2010 constitution, We want the constitution amended on grounds of bringing equity and inclusivity not benefiting an individual,”.
He termed the constitution to be a dynamic organ that has to be changed to fit the changing times to benefit the people with whom it governs.
Speaking during the burial of the late principal Joseph Wakhungila in Kibingei ward Kimilili constituency on September 7, Wetangula farther applauded the eviction of squatters from Mau forests.
Mau is amongst the many main water towers in the country.
“However the evictions should be conducted in a humane manner with the government carrying out the exercise bearing in mind that this are also Kenyans. Let the government first bring to book the person who allocated parcels of land to those people in the forests and punish him. Then remove them from the forest in a humane manner and then settle them somewhere amicably,” he said.
Wetang’ula also called on the government to revisit surveying of 1969 land and build the eight tea factories as proposed.
On the other hand, Speaker of the Senate Kenneth Lusaka said that Senate had declared its stand on the revenue allocation stalemate.
“We have decided that let the government release the funds for county budgetary allocation first and later after add others. This is to enable smooth running of county programmes, Ones counties receive money let the devolved governments use them wisely,” he said.
Present were governor Wycliffe Wangamati, Kimilili Mp Didmus Barasa, his Kiminini counterpart Chris Wamalwa among others.
The late principal of Bokoli high school principal was eulogised as a role model and a pace setter on matters education with his impact being felt by many members of the society at large.