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    UDA MP proposal to create 5 additional counties

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    It was recently revealed that a member of parliament with links to President William Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance Party has written a controversial plan to expand the number of counties to 52.

    Marwa Kitayama, a lawmaker from the constituency of Kuria East, has advocated the formation of the counties of Kuria, Teso, Mount Elgon, East Pokot, and Mwingi.

    A large number of lawmakers from all major parties support the Bill, despite the fact that it was drafted by Kitayama.

    It is unclear whether the President supports Kitayama’s proposal.

    Kitayama claims that the ethnic animosity which he believes is to blame for tribal tensions in the nation would be eased by his pending bill.

    According to the member of parliament, this is the only way to alleviate the historical ethnic tensions that lead to elections that are fraught with acrimony.

    The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is required by Clause 5 of the Bill to delimit the extra counties from Migori, Busia, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, Baringo and West Pokot, and Kitui within six months of the Act coming into effect.

    However, after the bill has been approved by Parliament, it must be put to a public vote in a referendum in order to create new counties as stipulated by the constitution.

    This proposal to expand the number of counties also includes an amendment to Articles 97 and 98 that would raise the number of elected women reps and senators from 47 to 52.

    With this addition, the total number of legislators in Kenya’s parliament would rise from 416 to 426.

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