Kenya is on the road to a referendum on the new constitution after more than 24 county assemblies passed the Constitution Amendment Bill. Popularly known as BBI, the bill will reintroduce the position of the prime minister, two deputies and increase the number of National Assembly seats. The 47 counties will receive at least 35% of the national revenue compared to the current 15%.
Eight counties in the former Northern Frontier District (NFD) would each loss more than ksh1 billion hence marginalizing them further. If not addressed, it will likely to take away ksh16 billion from the eight counties. Among the biggest losers are Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit, Tana River, Mombasa, Kwale, Narok, Isiolo, Kilifi, Turkana, Kitui, Makueni, Samburu, Taita Taveta, Tharaka Nithi and Vihiga.
The distribution of the seats was pegged on the new population quota, which is now 132, 138 people per MP. The quota is arrived at by taking the total number of seats in the National Assembly divided by the total number of population. Rift Valley, Central and Nairobi are the biggest beneficiaries of the extra 70 new seats should the BBI constitutional amendment go through. Already, Rift Valley has 76 seats in the House, the region is poised to get an extra 19 which will increase its tally to 95 seats.
Chairman of IEBC has termed the proposal to allocate 70 additional constituencies to specific counties as unconstitutional. Chebukati said it is the work of IEBC to allocate them by redrawing all county a sub-county boundaries.
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