Kenyan MP ditches Bill after defecting

July 20, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 20 – Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau says he will withdraw the Constitutional Amendment Bill in which he was seeking the postponement of the august 4 referendum to allow for the amendments to the contentious issues in the Proposed Constitution of Kenya.

He said the Bill which is listed on Tuesday’s order paper, had been overtaken by events.

The Kigumo MP wanted the referendum postponed and the proposed Constitution sent to the Reference Group for consensus.

The Reference Group is a statutory consultative body of 30 representatives chosen by interest groups to facilitate consultations in case of a deadlock on the draft between Parliament and Committee of Experts.

"It is pointless to go on and move the Motion," he told Capital News on telephone.

The Kigumo MP ditched the No team over the weekend, after he claimed that he had been given sufficient assurance by the President that contentious issues would be addressed once the proposed law is passed.

Mr Kamau had crafted the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2010 seeking to amend Section 47A and also propose amendments to the Constitution of Kenya Review Act to accommodate consultations and facilitate re-publication of the negotiated draft.

His defection follows that of Environment Minister John Michuki who had earlier broken ranks with Central Kenya MPs by opposing the new law.

Mr Kamau initially moved to the No camp after he accused Parliament’s House Business Committee of frustrating his efforts to have the Bill debated.


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