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Senators to vote on Political Parties (Amendment) Bill

The Senate on Wednesday began the debate on the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bills No. 56 of 2021) with six senators seeking to further amend the bill with 31 clauses.

The senators include Elgeyo Marakwet’s Kipchumba Murkomen, Samson Cherargei of Nandi, Kitui senator Enock Wambua, Muranga’s Irungu Kang’ata and Nominated senators Petronila Were and Issac Mwaura.

The proposal for de-registration of rebel members and coalition agreement timelines dominated the debate.

Senators proposed further amendments to some clauses to allow party disciplinary cases be heard and determined in 21 days contrary to 7 days proposed in the bill.

Senators further took issue with the proposal to strengthen the office of the registrar of political parties in overseeing party nominations claiming the move would lead to micromanaging political parties.

Senators will vote on the bill during Thursday’s afternoon sitting.

Those aggrieved have hinted at heading to the courts to stop its implementation.

The Senate is holding three special sittings since Tuesday.

The business being transacted at the sittings include consideration of the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bills No. 56 of 2021, the Heritage and Museums Bill (Senate Bills No. 22 of 2021), the County Governments (Amendment) Bill (Senate Bills No. 38 of 2021), the Intergovernmental Relations (Amendment) Bill (Senate Bills No. 37 of 2021); and the County Oversight and Accountability Bill (Senate Bills No. 17 of 2021).

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