MP wants House to fast-rack changes proposed by dialogue team

Tuesday, December 5th, 2023 04:06 | By
Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo. PHOTO/Print
Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo. PHOTO/Print

Focus now turns to Parliament to enact legislation to facilitate implementation of some of the issues contained in the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO) report.

Some recommendations will have to pass through the House.

Yesterday, Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo said there is need to meet the agreed timelines to effect the changes either in or outside Parliament.

“The people will have to approve or reject sections of the report recommendations such as the creation of the office of the leader of official opposition, two deputies and the office of the prime Cabinet Secretary and abolishment of some constitutional commissions,’’ he said.

 The rest can be handled by Parliament and NADCO gave a timeframe.

The Opposition wants some of the issues subjected to a referendum.

Amollo spoke amid concerns in the public on who will referee the proposed referendum, if the government side agrees to hold one.

As things stand, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is as good as moribund, after some commissioners retired while others were removed from office.

Azimio leaders ar pushing for a referendum to decide on contentious issues contained in the report, even as a section of Kenya Kwanza leaders have opposed the proposal.

At the weekend, Opposition leader Raila Odinga drummed up support for a new constitutional dispensation sparked by NADCO report recommendations.

Raila led Kakamega Governor Fernandes Baraza, his deputy Ayub Savulla and former Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya to push for a referendum.

Savulla and Oparanya declared that a referendum must be held.

“We will have to push for it,’’ Oparanya said in an interview.

He said some of the radical proposals contained in the NADCO report must get approval from majority Kenyans.

But Amollo, who is a lawyer and former Committee of Experts member said, some of the proposed changes have timelines and will have to pass through the National Assembly and Senate.

“If some positions will be created, then the changes must be approved by majority Kenyans,’’ he said.

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