The West Pokot county assembly has become the 5th to pass the building bridges Initiative amendment bill to facilitate towards the referendum. In a debate that took two hours all the members of county assembly adopted the bill as most of the members who stood up to support the bill said the 35 percent revenue allocation to counties and additional constituency in West Pokot county made them to adopt the it.
In a rare scenario seen in most of the counties the West Pokot county Governor John Lonyangapuo and Pokot South MP David Pkosing attended the session as members of county assembly were debating on the bill. The leaders of majority Thomas Ngolesia tabled the motion and it was seconded by leader of minority Peter Lokor.
During the session every member who stood up praised the bill saying it favors the marginalized counties like West Pokot and it came at the right time to save search marginalized communities. Members of county assembly had done public participation across the county for the past one week as they collected views from members of public.
One of the member of county assembly for Siyoi ward Renson Longit debated that according to public participation findings 31% accepted the report, 23% are unaware, 38% rejected while 8% needeD the document. The West Pokot county speaker Catherine Mukenyang appreciated members of county assembly for the quality of the debate which was swift to the end.
He said the unanimous vote made the bill to sail through the referendum as every member was given an opportunity to express themselves. “Most of the members were willing to contribute despite the limited time. My duty is to sign the certificate of acceptance of the report. No MCA was intimidated and they had to put politics aside and debate on the bill soberly. She added that other county assemblies should allow room for public participation before the Bill is tabled on the floor of the house. West Pokot governor John Lonyangapuo congratulated members of county assembly for adapting the bill.
“We have seen the benefits of BBI, an additional constituency is a big win for as. The 35 Percent revenue allocation increase to counties is also a major boost,” he said. He noted that he had to attend the session as a witness and for the gains of the people he largely represent.
Pokot south member of parliament David Pkosing said the county is overpopulated and the increase in allocation to counties is a boost to the poor counties.