The council of governors (COG) through their chair Hon. Wycliffe Oparanya has announced its bid to have the house of senate completely eliminated from the constitution.
The governors are citing failure by senators to carry out their constitutional mandate effectively as the main force behind the proposal.
However according to Mr. Wahome Gikonyo, a law expert, for such a constitution amendment to take place there must be a referendum involving every citizen. “In order for the proposal by the governors to go through, the county bosses have to collect 1 million signatures from registered voters which they should then forward to IEBC for approval to call for a referendum on the same,” said Mr. Gikonyo.
Another advocate Mr. Ndegwa Njiru echoed the words saying common mwananchi should always have a final verdict in such a proposal by the governors, in accordance with the new constitution unlike before when such powers were bestowed on the president.
In 1966, the senate house was abolished from the government system before being later reinstated back in 2010 after attainment of the new constitution.
The duo law experts rubbished the proposal from the governors to have the senatorial posts scrapped and instead said the senate should be given more power and mandate to carry out their oversight roles. They insisted that no one has power to make changes in any house of parliament through a written proposal but due process has to be followed to the end.
Governors have been complaining to be going through hard times in running the counties due to the standoff between the senators and the national government over revenue allocation formulae which has denied counties funds.