Punguza Mizigo referendum drive challenged in court

By Bernice Mbugua On Thu, 25 Jul, 2019 17:20 | 1 min read
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  • Timothy Odhiambo wants the court to stop tabling of the Bill in the 47 county assemblies saying the IEBC failed to accurately authenticate the signatures.

A Nairobi resident on Thursday July 25, sued Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for giving Punguza Mizigo referendum initiative a clean bill of health.

Timothy Odhiambo wants the court to stop tabling of the Bill in the 47 county assemblies saying the IEBC failed to accurately authenticate the signatures.

“IEBC in its press statement confirmed that it did not verify the authenticity of the signatures of the individuals alleged to have signed for the initiative,” Odhiambo stated in court documents.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said the initiative met the requisite threshold as required by law.

“The commission has since verified that the initiative has been supported by 1,222,541 voters. This is, therefore, to notify the public and all stakeholders the initiative has met the requisite threshold,” he said in a media statement on Thursday July 18.

Thirdway Alliance Kenya party, which is sponsoring the initiative, delivered to the commission a draft constitutional amendment and details of the draft bill.

IEBC conducted verification in May, even as Thirdway leader Ekuru Aukot said the initiative would save Kenyans at least a Sh3.78 trillion in five years in public wage bill.