Kuria Mp Sponsors Bill To Increase Counties To 52

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Legislator is seeking to amend the constitution to increase the number of counties from the current 47 to 52 devolved units through a referendum.

The bill sponsored by Kuria East Member of Parliament Marwa Maisori seeks to amend Article 98 of the Constitution to include the five additional counties which he says will solve the perennial ethnic antagonism and divisive elections.

The five additional counties include Kuria, Teso, Mount Elgon, East Pokot and Mwingi which he is pushing to be conducted by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) six months after approval of the bill.

In his bill, Maisori argues that the amendments will help minorities manage their own resources as

“The amendment shall ensure that the objects of devolution are realized and that the rights of minorities and the marginalized are promoted and protected,” the bill read in part.

If approved, it will see Kuria County delimited from the existing Migori County, Teso County from the existing Busia County, Mount Elgon County from the existing Bungoma and Trans Nzoia Counties.

The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2022 also seeks to delimit East Pokot County from the existing Baringo and West Pokot Counties; and Mwingi County from the existing Kitui County.

If the constitutional amendment passes, it will see an increase in the number of county women representatives and senators from 47 to 52.

“In delimiting the boundaries of the additional counties, the Commission shall— (a) consult all interested parties; (b) take into account community of interest, historical, economic and cultural ties; and (c) ensure that each additional county comprises at least two constituencies,” the bill read in part.

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