Residents of Trans Nzoia County have been called upon to end speculation over the creation of extra constituencies and instead leave the task to the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Speaking during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative BBI signature collection exercise in the region, devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa rallied locals to focus on ensuring the amendment bill sails through.
“Let us focus on the constitutional amendment then we shall later have a conversation on the creation of new constituencies which is a preserve of the IEBC,” Mr. Wamalwa spoke at the Kitale ASK showground.
Saboti MP Caleb Amisi who also launched the exercise in his constituency, called for an end to social media rumours over the creation of the constituencies with tribal political interests taking shape.
“I have noted some bloggers making comments on how new constituencies will be created. Let’s leave this task to the IEBC which will determine the boundaries for setting up of new constituencies,” said Mr. Amisi at Muliro secondary school.
Area Governor Patrick Khaemba called on the BBI task force to develop a simplified version of the constitutional amendment proposals to contain confusions brought about by several versions online.
“We can even have a printout of questions and answers targeting frequent queries about the proposals that will ensure all concerns by Kenyans are addressed,” said Governor Khaemba.
Area Deputy Governor Stanley Tarus said the proposals contained in the BBI amendments will offer a conducive environment for cohesion among communities in the cosmopolitan region with more political representation.
Mr. Wamalwa who has been leading the launch of the BBI signatures collection exercise also toured Kakamega County on Monday on a similar exercise that has also been launched in Bungoma and Vihiga counties.