Barely a day after the Kenyan poll body IEBC gazetted a notice announcing the amount every politician should spend in the campaigns ahead of the 2022 polls, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s camp has struck.
Led by his chief ally and the National assembly majority leader Amos Kimunya whom yesterday Tuesday August 10, 2021, waged war on the floor of the house against the Wafula Chebukati led commission.
Speaking during a parliamentary session, the Kipipiri Member of Parliament led the MPs in reading the riots act to the IEBC stating that the National Assembly did not have time to discuss the motion.
“I doubt if the campaign financing regulations will see the light of day. IEBC has been lying idle yet we are financing them with billions every year. You cannot be spending Ksh40 billion every five years to conduct an election,” argued Kimunya as quoted by The Standard.
“There is something fundamentally wrong given the technology we have in this country; it should not be costing more than Ksh10 billion.”
Kimunya’s sentiments were echoed by the National assembly minority leader John Mbadi who noted that the bill did not allow the parliamentarians enough time and urge the legislators to reject it.
“The fact that regulations are brought here does not mean the House will approve them. In the event they are not approved, IEBC should have provided us enough time even for reconsideration of the issues contained in the Campaign Financing Regulations,” stated Mbadi.
“They are in violation of our Standing Orders and interference with the people’s sovereign power that’s being exercised in this House. They should keep quiet until we write to them so that they know, whether we will have this Campaign Financing Regulations.”
This is after the new regulations were tabled in Parliament on Thursday August 5, 2021, before their eventual gazettement on Monday 9, August 2021.
In the notice, the IEBC Chairman Wafula Chubukati capped the highest amount at Ksh.17.7 Billion for a political party, he further capped individual donation at 20 per cent of a party’s entire spending which is pegged at Ksh3.5 billion.
The commission further captured the Presidential aspirants budget spending for the entire political period at Ksh. 4.4 billion.
Failure to comply with the set capping, the individuals will be liable to a fine not exceeding two million shillings or a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years or both.