Mudavadi calls for change in electoral structures

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Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi has called for change of structures in the Kenyan’s electoral body.

Mudavadi who was speaking at Kaisagat in Kipsaina during the burial of mama Felicity Amadiva, yesterday said that despite change in management at the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC), electoral process in the county still remained an issue and a cause of violence during the general elections.

Trans nzoia county commissioner Samson Ojwang speaking at the funeral of the late Mama Felicity Amadiva at her home in Kaisakat location,Kwanza sub county yesterday, January 31, 2020.
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“In the past general elections we have changed commissioners and even the CEO but the problem still remained. I think the best thing we should do through BBI process is to change the structure of the electoral body,” he said.

He continued, “If we replace commissioners is it enough? What is in the IEBC that causes violence during elections? We have replaced the commissioner but have not ended violence. Is IEBC truly independent?  Why is it that we have problems after every general election? We must finish and end violence during elections through BBI”.

He faulted a section of governors who want another level of structure of governance to get leadership saying that should not be the aim of BBI.

“If you have finished your two terms as a governor go and do something else.  Other people also want to lead Kenyans,” he said.

According to Mudavadi, BBI should enhance peace and tranquility during and after the electoral process and not satisfy the wants of a few leaders who want to get into leadership with selfish interest.

ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi addressing the funeral at the late Mama Felicity Amadivas home in Kaisakat location, Kwanza Sub County yesterday, January 31, 2020.

Mama Amadiya is a mother to one of ANC leaders’ employee.

Speaking at the same function, Trans Nzoia county commissioner Samson Ojwang asked the clergy to step up their efforts in ending gender based violence which was on the increase in Trans Nzoia County.

“We are worried at the increasing cases of teenage pregnancies and want parents and clergy to work together to end the vice,” he said.

He however warned men who impregnate teenage girls that the law will firmly deal with them and that the vice was worrying as young mothers who could not fend for the children faced economic hurdles in bringing up their children.

The commissioner urged all parents with children who sat Kenya Certificate of primary Education ensure they join secondary schools in order for the government to achieve the 100% transition.

According to records at the county director’s education office, Trans Nzoia is at 96% transition.

The commissioner attributed this to team work from local administrators and education officers and asked other stakeholders to support the programme.

By Pauline Ikanda

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