Boost for Raila Odinga as Western counties join call for fresh election

Busia, Vihiga and Homa Bay counties pass People's Assembly motion

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NASA leader Raila Odinga. PHOTO: KENYATODAY

Four counties in Western Kenya have heeded to calls by the National Super Alliance and adopted proposal to form People’s Assembly in the coalition’s quest for electoral justice.

Busia, Vihiga and Homa Bay counties approved the formation of the assemblies on Thursday, just a day after Siaya County opened the way.

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NASA supporters during a past rally. PHOTO: TWITTER

In Busia, the bill was adopted following a motion moved by Deputy Minority Leader Moses Ochieng’ and seconded by Malaba Central Ward MCA Bernard Papa.

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In the session presided over by Speaker Bernard Buluma, Mayenje Ward country rep David Luyemba (Jubilee) opposed the motion.

Gardy Jakaa of Bukhayo North/Walatsi (Independent) asked the Speaker about the authenticity of the bill since it had no signature, but the majority had their way.

The bill will be presented to Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong to be signed into law.

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Senators James Orengo (Siaya), Cleophas Malala (Kakamega), and former senators Boni Khalwale and Johnson Muthama and other Nasa leaders on Thursday, November 9 toured Kakamega and Vihiga County Assemblies to witness the approval of the motions.

“As Nasa, we need to streamline the structure of the National Government so that we can compete at the level of our minds,” Khalwale who lost in the August 8 election said.

The debate of the motion was however postponed in Kakamega to next Tuesday even as Vihiga County Assembly adopted the proposal.

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Homa Bay joined the yay list after adopting the motion that was moved by Assembly Deputy Majority Leader Ruth Ombura.

“The constitution stipulates that the sovereign power belongs to the people. The powers will be exercised well only if we form the People’s Assembly in this county,” Ms Ombura noted.