Waiguru's MCAs in Trouble for Rejecting Aukot's Bill

  • A collage of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and Thirdway Alliance leader, Ekuru Aukot. The County Assembly of Kirinyaga has been sued by Ekuru Aukot's party over the Punguza Mizigo vote. File
  • Kirinyaga County Assembly and its speaker Joel Wagura were on Thursday, September 19, sued by the Ekuru Aukot-led Thirdway Alliance.

    Reports by Citizen digital explained that the lawsuit was over the rejection of Punguza Mzigo Bill.

    The party claimed that the Kirinyaga county assembly on Tuesday, September 10, used an unlawful process to have their bill rejected by the MCAs.

    Members of Kirinyaga County Assembly in a past event. The Assembly has been sued for rejecting the Punguza Mzigo Bill.
    Members of Kirinyaga county assembly in a past event. The Assembly has been sued for rejecting the Punguza Mzigo Bill.

    Thirdway Alliance argued that the respondents breached their constitutional rights and those of Kirinyaga constituents.

    The Aukot-led party thus demanded that the court blocks the decision by the Kirinyaga legislative organ and compel the assembly to conduct a public participation exercise on the bill.

    In addition, they also want the court to give the assembly an ultimatum to reintroduce the bill within five days for a fresh voting exercise.

    On Wednesday, September 18, a voter in Kirinyaga also sued the county assembly seeking to have it compelled to reintroduce the Punguza Mizigo Bill for debate and voting.

    The petitioner, Kenda Muriuki filed the case at  Milimani High Court in Nairobi urging Justice John Mativo to certify the matter as urgent.

    Through his lawyer Eunice Nganga, the voter argued that the respondents breached the constitutional process and timeline by failing to have the bill debated.

    This comes after the bill was tabled before the assembly by Majority Leader Kamau Murango who moved a procedural motion to exempt the bill from long and tiresome debate procedures.

    The motion, however, flopped on a technicality after Murinduko MCA Evans Ndege who was invited to second the Bill declined to do so.

    A past photo of Ekuru Aukot of Thirdway Alliance addressing the media in Lavington. Aukot's party has sued Kirinyaga County Assembly for rejecting the Punguza Mzigo Bill.
    A past photo of Ekuru Aukot of Thirdway Alliance addressing the media in Lavington. Aukot's party has sued Kirinyaga County Assembly for rejecting the Punguza Mzigo Bill.