MPs in the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee
will on Tuesday face questions in Parliament
over their apparent push to skew the review of
electoral boundaries in their favour.
Mr Abdikadir Mohammed (Mandera Central), Isaac
Ruto (Chepalungu), Sofia Abdi Noor (nominated),
Millie Odhiambo (nominated), Ababu Namwamba (Budalang’i)
and Olago Aluoch (Kisumu Town West) will have to
respond to accusations of “manipulating the
the Independent Electoral and Boundaries
Commission” to serve their interests.
These six MPs have made their colleagues uneasy
about the delimitation exercise.
“Members are at war that the committee, whose
role should just be to look and table “yes” or
“no” to the report from the IEBC, are already
changing the boundaries,” Mr Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem)
told his colleagues on Wednesday as he blew the
lid off in the work of the committee.
A look at the complaints that the
MPs raised informally with the committee
members, to which the Sunday Nation is
privy, shows that the disgruntled MPs have a
Ms Noor, a nominated MP, comes
from Ijara Constituency in Garissa County. She
wields clout in the area as the executive
chairperson of ODM.
So, the fact that the committee
has proposed four new wards for Ijara – a
constituency with just 92,663 people and an area
of 9,521 square kilometres – is an obvious
team got seven petitions from Ijara. All the
seven wanted extra wards, an extra constituency,
and they wanted the border between Garissa and
Tana River counties to be the Tana River.