Kwale Passes People’s Assembly Motion
Kwale County Assembly has debated and passed a motion sponsored by the National Super Alliance (Nasa) seeking to create a people’s assembly amidst protests from those opposed to the move.
The motion was moved by elected MCA Joseph Ndeme Wednesday in what appears to be an apparent disregard of a High Court order barring County Assemblies from passing or implementing the Nasa-sponsored motions.
Kitui High Court issued the order pending determination of a case filed by a lobby group, Counties Development Group.
Jubilee MCAs who are outnumbered by their Nasa counterparts stormed out of the House and left the latter animatedly debating the motion for about two hours.
Ndeme lauded the proposed people’s assembly as a remedy to the many unresolved historical injustices which he noted had bedeviled the country for many years.
“The people’s assembly forums will give ordinary citizens a bigger say in determining their destiny and reclaiming their rights to more democratic governance,” the Mwavumbo ward rep said.
But Jubilee MCAs opposed the motion saying it was unconstitutional and of no direct benefits to Kwale people.
Minority Leader Ndoro Mweruphe claimed the Nasa MCAs passed the motion under duress. “Nasa nominated MCAs were threatened with a sack if they failed to toe the party line by adopting the motion,” he claimed.
Earlier in the day, Jubilee supporters had held peaceful protests in Kwale town against the move to pass the motion
Jubilee’s Senatorial race loser Mshenga Ruga who led the protests termed the motion as irrelevant saying it was a waste of public funds and asked the opposition leaders to focus on pertinent issues affecting the country.
“Our interest is development for our people because the formation of the people’s assembly will not solve our problems,” he said.
He said by passing the motion, the County Assembly had “dissolved” itself and surrendered its mandate to the people and vowed to go to court over the matter.
In passing of the people’s assembly motion, Kwale joins at least eight other opposition leaning counties that have adopted the motion that is at the centre of Nasa’s bid to push for electoral justice.
Makueni, Siaya, Busia, Kakamega, Kisumu, Homa Bay, and Migori counties have already adopted the motion.
Though Nasa dominates the House, Jubilee controls the executive after Salim Mvurya retained the Governor’s seat on the ruling party’s ticket following his defection from ODM.
Mvurya reaped from divisions in Nasa to win the seat with a wide margin while a petition against him was dismissed by the High Court.
By James Muchai