Good news for the outspoken Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen as President Uhuru Kenyatta approves his Bill seeking to fasten the removal process of Country Assembly Members from their plum positions.
The County Governments Amendment Bill was first tabled in the Senate before being taken to the National Assembly towards the end of June.
According to Murkomen who sponsored the bill is to have MCAs dewhiped easily by their constituents when they violate the constitution including gross misconduct and being incompetent in their work.
The bill further argued that MCAs had continuously neglected their duty of checking the governors’ mandate and frequently engaging in fist fights while in their respective chambers.
“My intention in coming up with the law is to ensure that county assemblies are bastions of respect and dignity in undertaking their constitutional and legal mandate to represent people, legislate and ensure the limited resources are used prudently by those responsible,” Murkomen stated.
According to Murkomen’s new bill, the process of recalling MCAs from the position has been simplified in a way that a voter from the ward can champion the process after obtaining over 30% of signatures from the ward’s registered voters.
The voter will proceed by writing a to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) within 30 days time frame of its filing.
“The petition must be signed by a petitioner who is a voter in the ward in respect of which the recall is sought,” read part of the law.
The IEBC body will then conduct a recall vote for the lawmaker within 90 days through a yes or no question after verifying the collected signatures.
After the MCA seat is declared vacant, a by-election would be conducted within 90 days.