MP Savula opposes party hopping law

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Lugari MP Ayub Savula addressing residents and discussing the law that prohibits party hopping
Lugari MP Ayub Savula addressing residents and discussing the law that prohibits party hopping

Lugari MP, Ayub Savula, has poured cold water on The Political Parties law which bars party hopping. Speaking in his constituency, Savula opposed the law saying it would
encourage high levels of corruption.

“The new law opens the window for the highest-bidder-takes-it-all culture where rich aspirants will collude with party chiefs to corruptly acquire party tickets, thereby denying deserving candidates who may be development conscious,” observed Savula.

Lugari MP Ayub Savula addressing residents in his constituency
Lugari MP Ayub Savula addressing residents in his constituency

As the country heads toward the general election in 2017, the legislator said aspirants who are popular at the grassroots should not be denied the chance to vie for elective positions by what he described as draconian laws.

“The electorate should be allowed to democratically nominate their favourite candidates right from the grassroots, especially during party nominations,” added Savula who cited several leaders in the current parliament and county assemblies who made it after hopping
between parties due to what was blamed on unfair primaries.

The legislator now wants his colleagues in the 12th national assembly to reconsider their decision on The Political (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which was recently signed to law by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“The country is not ready to backslide again to one party system, thus kill our hard democratic space,” he cautioned, insisting he will opposing the new law at all costs.