Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula has criticized the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020. According to him, there is a need for radical amendments that would realign certain provisions of the Bill.
The Bungoma Senator, who is currently a principal in the One Kenya Alliance, surprised everyone with his sentiments, considering he allegedly enjoyed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s blessing.
Wetangula said that the Bill contains provisions that would erode the progress that Kenya has made so far.
The Senator spoke on the issue during the debate on the Bill in the senate chambers today. He said that Parliament needs to change the provisions and align them with the current constitution.
“I disagree with those leaders that say we cannot amend this Bill. Article 257 of the constitution does not oust the authority of Parliament to amend any bill, including a bill such as this,” Wetangula said.
The Senator also faulted the second schedule of the Bill that creates 70 constituencies. Other than that, the schedule scraps off 47 woman rep positions in the National Assembly, creates the Judiciary Ombudsman and the Youth Commission.
“It is not sensible to create a Youth Commission. We have so many laws that govern our youth. We should all understand that youth is neither a disadvantage nor a disability. It is a transit state in human life,” the Senator said.
Wetangula, a lawyer by profession, also questioned the rationale and constitutionality of creating the additional 70 constituencies. He noted that no Kenyan had suggested the creation of extra constituencies in the country.