The Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitution Review last week delivered a pleasant blow to the majority of Kenyans by delivering the draft Constitution within the set time schedule.
I must take a minute to laud them for their determination to give us a solution to what was seemingly a monumental problem.
Contrary to popular belief, they set aside their differences and worked together to give Kenyans a silver lining in the Constitution cloud. We all cannot be sure of the personal and political driving forces leading to the draft, but we hope that it was in the best interest of our people.
Notwithstanding their good work, I am concerned about the impact of such a huge Senate and National Assembly (proposal stands at 349 MPs and 63 Senators) on our economy. Taking just the MPs, and working with an approximate population of 40 million, each MP would serve 114,613 people.
Questions abound on whether the country’s fragile economy can sustain proposed 80 additional constituencies and a further 47 special seats for women.
Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya has opposed the Parliamentary Select Committee proposal, saying the economy is too weak to sustain additional seats.
I personally feel that increasing constituencies from 210 to 290 and creating 47 special seats for women would strain taxpayers.
What is your take?