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Civil Society Groups Applaud Senate For Passing Bill Scrapping Degree Requirement for Mps and MCAs

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Sheria Mtaani organization has now applauded the Senate for passing the Election Amendment Bill, 2020 scrapping degree requirement for aspirants vying for MP and MCA seats.

The Bill was passed yesterday after senators overwhelming voted to pass it.

According to Sheria Mtaani boss Shadrack Wambui senate’s move is a new dawn to leaders in the Ghetto who did not get an opportunity to pursue their education further but passed secondary levels.

“The degree requirement  is a colonial mindset we  have been  in court as Sheria Mtaani to stop this requirement it was promoting inequality  in the society because some people especially in the ghettos did not get an opportunity to pursue their education further not that they did not want to but because fees was not available,” he said.

“This is a win to democracy and we now urge the National Assembly to expedite its passage so that our president can sign it as soon as possible,” Wambui told Ghetto Radio News on phone.

In his argument Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen noted that elections were not only about education but also the power to sell your policy to the people and also about democracy.


 “This degree requirement is unfair and unfortunate because it is clear in Article 38 of the Constitution that everyone has a right without unnecessary restrictions to enjoy political rights,” Murkomen said.

“I can just imagine that the Kenyan people wrote a Constitution to govern 100 percent of the people, but then from a statute, we tell them that Article 38 will only be enjoyed by 3.5 percent of the population,” he added.

It will be tabled in the National Assembly before being processed and signed into law by the president.

By Allan Otieno



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