NCCK wants constitutional amendment process postponed

The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) suggests that the constitutional amendment process be postponed until after 2022 General Election regardless of the court of appeals decision.

This comes barely a day after Court of appeals president justice Daniel Musinga constituted a 7 judge bench to commence hearing the matter from Tuesday next week.

Judges: Roselyne Nambuye,Hannah Okwengu,Patrick Kiage,Gatembu Kairu,Fatuma Sichale and Francis Tuyiott  will prosecute , throw or affirm high court ruling that annulled Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

The church body  observes that the country is not in a position of holding both the referendum and the general election within the remaining one year period.

Speaking during the Lower Eastern Region clergy conference at Machakos town, the chapter chairman Rev Joseph Mutungi called for the resignation of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chembukati for his recent indications that the commission lacked capacity to conduct 2022 general election.

NCCK maintained that IEBC had 4 years to prepare for elections saying that  by testifying so, would erode confidence Kenyan’s have always had  hence casting doubt on credibility of the coming elections.

The clergy proposed a raft of remedies to structure an anti-poverty economy which has been characterized by un-manageable public debt which could lead to economic collapse. Among their proposals include reduction of taxes on small scale businesses as well as cutting down on unnecessary expenditure to lower external borrowing.

The four pointer collective statement also cautioned the youth on being used by political formations to incite violence but instead participate actively on the decision making processes and vie for elective positions.

The clergy called on Kenyans to embrace and nature democracy  in the constitutional processes.

Story by KBC Correspondent

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