24 March 2014

Kenya: Cut Down Counties to 10, Says Savula

LUGARI MP Ayub Savula has called for a referendum to reduce the number of counties, constituencies and wards to cut down the bloated wage bill.

Savula said the number of counties should be trimmed to 10 to reflect the original provinces but have the vast Rift Valley split into two.

"Constituencies should get back to 210 and each one of them should have four wards with a maximum of six" said the UDF legislator.

Savula said the constitutional provision of gender balance can be sustained by having two nominated women and two people to represent people with disabilities from each county.

"This will cut the number of MPs in the National Assembly by half and ensure that the National Assembly has 252 MPs as opposed to the current assembly which has over 400 legislators" he said.

Savula was speaking at Khabukoshe Primary School in Matungu during the burial of Wilson Luttah, the husband of Pamela Luttah of Mumias Sugar Company.

However, last week, while addressing MCAs in Mombasa, President Uhuru said he will not support any move to amend the constitution to reduce the number of legislators.

Savula said he will move a motion in the National Assembly to amend the constitution and scrap the position of cabinet secretaries.

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