The Nyeri Senator, Ephraim Maina has called for rationalization in the creation of more constituencies in the country to ensure equitable representation of Kenyans.
Speaking on Saturday in Nyeri after donating foodstuffs and other household items to eight families who lost their property to a fire on New Year’s eve at Kiamwathi area, the Senator noted that the country was heavily burdened by the cost of governance and that it was time to review the matter.
We cannot go one creating more constituencies each time and therefore it is important we as leaders sit down and determine the number of representative areas Kenya actually needs. Maina said.
He called for fairness in creation of constituencies noting that some areas were not well represented due to high populations giving examples of Kieni and Mathira constituencies in Nyeri that he said deserved to be split due the high number of people in the areas.
The Senator said it was unfair for Kieni that constitutes 52 percent of Nyeri land mass with a population of over 400,000 not to be split into two constituencies to enhance service delivery.
He said Mathira deserved to be split as well as it is was the most populous constituency in the area as he questioned the criteria used in the creation of new constituencies 10 years ago.
I believe under the existing formula then, Nyeri warranted two more constituencies, said Maina.
He said that he would be pushing for the creation of two more constituencies once the review of boundaries set to start soon is commenced.
Source: Kenya News Agency