The youth in Migori County have assured Gatundu MP Moses Kuria that they will support him in his quest to have the country’s political electoral seats reduced.
The youth through their organisation “Yes We Can” said they will start collecting signatures throughout the County to push for amendment of the constitution through a referendum to reduce the electoral seats.
“Our stand is to push for a referendum that will help amend the constitution to allow reduction of electoral seats that costs the country huge sums of money,” said Mr. John Oulo, the County’s vice chairman of the youth group.
Mr. Oulo who spoke at a press conference in Awendo town this morning said Kenya was currently at crossroads financially and efforts must be made at all costs to reduce the huge wage bill burden dogging it.
He said Mr. Kuria’s proposal through his campaign motto: “Punda amechoka punguza mzigo” is noble and should not be politicised by anybody who feels for Kenyans whose taxes are being wasted paying for individual politicians’ high profile lifestyle at the expense of their development.
Oulo who was flanked by several youths claimed that the country is over-represented in parliament. He said the senate and women representatives positions should be scrapped off.
“Senators are basically doing what the MPs are doing in parliament and the dilemma for Kenyans is that they are twice paying huge salaries and allowances for the same services,” he said.
“Kenya cannot continue bearing the burden of a huge wage bill at the expense of development projects and at the pains of a massive school drop-outs among students due to lack of school fees”, he noted.
“ The Country mostly requires substantial investment in education, health, security, agriculture and infrastructure rather than wasting the hard-earned revenue on salaries and allowances of individual politicians,” he added.
In his proposals, Kuria calls for the scrapping of the senate, women representatives and nominated members of the county assemblies. He also calls for the merging of counties to reduce the number from 47 to 18 as well as reducing the number of MPs to 200.
But these proposals have drawn sharp opposition from some politicians in Migori who says the MP is being dishonest in his crusade.
Mrs. Pauline Atieno who has declared her interests in the Migori’s women’s representative seat come 2017 asked Mr. Kuria not to single out the women’s seat as a burden to the country, saying women have a right to represent the people in parliament.
“This is the only way out for the country to achieve the affirmative action embedded in the current constitution,” said Atieno.
By George Agimba