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Tuesday, 07 Nov 2017 17:14 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The National Resistance Movement today commenced the process of establishing a People’s Assembly that will culminate to holding a fresh presidential election on or before 9 February 2018.
In the meantime a convention is to be held in Nairobi to discuss and determine the pathway to democracy and constitutionalism and to restore legality and the rule of law.
Consequently, NASA Presidential Secretariat has dispatched a motion to County Assemblies to legislate the formation of the Assembly to discuss and determine the affairs of the country.
“Beginning this week therefore, the county assemblies of the Republic of Kenya shall be presented with a Motion to create a People’s Assembly through which the people of Kenya shall henceforth exercise their sovereignty up to and until the holding of proper elections in this country”, the secretariat said in a statement dispatched to newsrooms.
The opposition said the presidential elections held on 8 August 2017 and 26 October 2017 were each and all invalid, null and void; “and no government formed and/or president declared as a consequence thereof, and considering the negligible turnout in the presidential elections held on the latter date, can have constitutional authority or legitimacy to govern;
“A Peoples Assembly be formed to discuss and determine the affairs of the country and recommend a pathway towards and for the achievement of the promise, aspirations, objectives and rights and freedoms provided by the Constitution of Kenya 2010”.
The House and its membership, NASA states will participate in the proceedings of the Peoples Assembly and will constitute a special college for the appointment or election of members, delegations and observers to the Peoples’ Assembly;
The opposition notes that a truly independent electoral and boundaries commission be established with a view of holding a fresh presidential election on or before 9 February 2018.
Other undertakings by the Peoples’ Assembly which will comprise Governors and Deputy Governors; members of the Senate, National Assembly and County Assembly; religious, trade union and civil society leaders; and representatives of youth and women organizations is to ensure;
a) The action and performance of constitutional commissions including the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the National Police Service, the National Intelligence Service, the Public Service Commission, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission be reviewed with the purpose of ensuring that the said commissions are independent to enable them protect the sovereignty of the people and to promote constitutionalism;
b) Appropriate measures be undertaken to safeguard and promote devolution and the organs and instruments of devolution including county assemblies and county governments and secure their financial viability and security with the ultimate objective of the creation of larger and autonomous devolved units within one indivisible sovereign nation; and
c) A review of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 be undertaken to reform the structure of the Executive and Parliament and devolution and to reinforce concrete measures for the promotion of inclusivity, the welfare of the marginalized, the advancement of women and youth, the eradication of corruption and poverty and to secure social justice, equality and fairness.