Big win for Aukot after court allows Punguza Mizigo debate in Counties

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Thirdway Alliance party of Kenya leader Dr. Ekuru Aukot
Thirdway Alliance party of Kenya leader Dr. Ekuru Aukot is fronting the Punguza Mizigo Bill in County assemblies countrywide

The High Court has paved the way for the Punguza Mizigo debate at the County assemblies, after Judge John Mativo dismissed the petition seeking to stop its debate in the County assemblies. The Judge lifted the order stopping the debate, and petitioner David Kariuki Ngari failed to show up in court. David Ngari had asked the court to stop the consideration of the bill by all the County assemblies countrywide, arguing that IEBC had failed to validate the more than 1 million signatures collected by Third way Alliance over the initiative.

The decision will now allow the County assemblies to discuss the Punguza Mizigo Bill, although it already faces considerable opposition from some leaders. The main highlight of the Bill focuses on governance and governance structures, with changes targeting the top seats in government. Ekuru Aukot had also been barred from presenting proposals to the National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi for debate pending determination of suits challenging the initiative.