Nairobi MCAs have unanimously rejected the Punguza Mizigo Bill terming it “unrealistic, retrogressive and aimed at eroding gains by the 2010 Constitution”.

The more than 80 ward representatives present at the Tuesday’s sitting said passing the Bill would be a betrayal to the people who opposed the initiative during the public participation exercise.

Majority leader Abdi Guyo, who moved the motion, said that the Bill, if passed, will be a big blow to the gains made by the two-thirds gender rule as well as lock out the youth and people with disability as it seeks to reduce the number of constituencies.

“It is not realistic to have only two representatives in counties such as Nairobi yet the county has over four million people,” said Mr Guyo.

Mugumoini Ward MCA Jared Akama stated that the initiative will only lead to marginalization of smaller communities as politics is about numbers, going against the spirit of the Constitution, which aspires to bring everyone together.

“The insinuation that political leaders in the country are a burden is not true as the political class spends only 10 percent of the budget. This Bill will therefore set the people against their leaders,” said Mr Akama.

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Kabiro MCA Clarence Munga said that the reduction in the number of constituencies would lead to a situation where only the majority tribes would elect their own at the helm of the constituencies.