The procedural motion to debate the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill 2020 was made by the Assembly Leader of Majority Duke Masira and seconded by the Assembly Minority leader and Dennis Kebaso.
Kiabonyoru Ward MCA Duke Omoti said there was no need to waste time since the residents of Nyamira county are waiting for the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill to go through.
The Constitutional (Amendment) Bill was presented by the Assembly Chairperson on Justice and Legal Affairs Abel Mose.
According to the resolutions by the assembly committee more resources will be given to the county, revenue share from the National Assembly will increase to 35 per cent from 15 per cent, additional new constituencies among other benefits as proposed in the bill.
During the debate, Itibo ward MCA Samwel Nyanchama said the 35 per cent, revenue increment and the ward development fund convinces the whole house to pass the bill for the benefit of the people of Nyamira County.
“With the additional resources to the counties and the creation of ward development fund gives me hope to say a big yes to the bill,” he said.
Bomwagamo Ward MCA Charles Barongo said there has been peace since the birth of the handshake and hence as a way of enjoying the peace that has come as a result of the handshake, the assembly needed to pass the bill.
“We have been having peace since the handshake deal came up. We no longer need to waste time but just pass the bill so that we can get more goodies and continue enjoying the peace that has been there since the handshake,” said Barongo.
Magombo Ward MCA Richard Onyinkwa said the Bill will get out some powers from the governor by introducing a ward development fund which will be fully controlled by the member of the county assembly.
“We have had a situation where governor possessed ultravirus powers especially on matters revenue to the wards but now with the introduction of ward development fund to the wards, there will be more development in the wards unlike before,” Onyinkwa said.
Nominated MCA Fred Mosiori said youths will be in charge of their affairs since the Bill creates a youth commission that will be taking care of the youth and allow the youth to be in charge of their affairs.
“The time has come for the elderly, and those who have been in power for a long time have to go back and be taken care of as youth will take over the leadership of most affairs in the country,” Mosiori said.
Deputy Speaker Robinson Mocheche said the Bill is the only one that brings goodies to the people of Nyamira County, saying with the introduction of the ward development fund, the members will be directly accountable to the people of their respective wards over development.
“After a long struggle for development with a few allocations of cash, we have every reason to support this bill that gives resources for development to our wards,” he said.
The MCAs said the bill will enable development in the county with the resources that will be coming from the bill.
Kiabonyoru Ward MCA Duke Omoti said, the Bill will allow the contestants who end up being number two have a place by nomination from their political parties unlike before when contestants who came second during elections were rendered useless.
“With this bill, the contestants in elections who come second will have a place in the political parties unlike when after elections, the second contestants had to beg for a position or nomination slot from their respective political parties,” Omoti said.
By Darlington Mose