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MCAs Asks The BBI Team To Delete Stringent Election Laws On Academic Qualifications

Members of County assemblies have reportedly asked the BBI technical team to expunge academic qualifications from the constitution and election laws. According to a tweet shared by Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen, the ward representatives also demanded that all leaders should be treated equally hence they be entitled to pension like the President and members of Parliament.

The MCAs were speaking during a County Assemblies Forum held in Naivasha. Governors also converged in Naivasha to discuss the Building Bridges Initiative Report. President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition chief Raila Amollo Odinga are expected to address the county government leaders on Tuesday. The ward representatives will then converge at the Bomas of Kenya for another meeting.

The MCAs are expected to play a key role in approving the document during the referendum process.

Speaking at the retreat, the chairperson of the County assemblies forum, Ndegwa Wahome, said that MCAs would love to know how the Ward Development Fund will be raised from 5% to 30% of the county revenue.

MCAs sharing views during a County Assemblies Forum

“This is one of the agendas that we will be discussing. We want funds to go to the grassroots” he said.

Wahome also demanded that the ward representatives be considered for appointment in the county executive.

“Just like the proposal in the BBI we want MCAs to be appointed as county executive members. What happens in the national government should also happen in the counties. These should be the benefits of devolution,” he said.

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