Waiguru – Aukot Exchange Blows on Twitter

Waiguru – Aukot Exchange Blows on Twitter


Anne Waiguru
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru. She has differed sharply with Thirdway Alliance Leader Ekuru Aukot over Punguza Mgizo Bill [Photo, Courtesy]

Kirinyaga Governor, Anne Waiguru, and Thirdway Alliance Leader, Ekuru Aukot, on Tuesday evening, exchanged nasty comments on Twitter after they disagreed over the Punguza Mzigo Bill.

The online fight started when Waiguru tweeted that the County Assembly of Kirinyaga had, on Tuesday, thrown out the Punguza Mzigo Bill and that the county remains firmly in the handshake.

The governor affirmed the county’s support for the Building Bridges Initiatives, which she stated stands for cohesion and unity in the country.

However, in a rejoinder to Waiguru, Aukot announced that the party had spoken to some Kirinyaga MCAs and the Speaker, who confirmed to him that the bill was never tabled and so no public participation took place.

He told the governor that the bill would be forcefully debated on the floors of Kirinyaga County Assembly.

Waiguru replied that the Bill was thrown out on the basis of Law and Standing Orders of Kirinyanga County Assembly and termed it an “unfortunate embarrassment”.

It is then that Aukot responded that the governor was afraid of the amendments relating to theft of public money and enforcement of integrity among state officers.

Ekuru Aukot
Third Way Alliance Party leader Ekuro Aukot.[Picture, Standard]

Waiguru then asked the Thirdway Way Alliance leader to focus on his “defective bill and stop tired sideshows”.

She said that the bill was being funded by the ghosts of the NYS scam.

Kirinyaga County Assembly becomes the second one to reject the Punguza Migizo bill after Siaya County Assembly.

On the other hand, Uasin Gishu became the first assembly to pass the Thirdway Alliance-fronted bill.

Uasin Gishu Assembly Majority Leader, Josphat Lowoi, divulged that the Bill would support development in the country by making wards accelerated units of development.

Apart from introducing a one-term 7-year presidency, the bill also seeks to reduce the size of Parliament from 416 to 147, and convert the existing 47 counties into units for election to the Senate and National Assembly.

It also seeks to address gender inequality in representation and ensure Kenyans elect one man and one woman from each of the 47 counties into the National Assembly.

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