Fresh elections for MPs is the only result if President Uhuru Kenyatta obeys Chief Justice David Maraga’s advisory to dissolve Parliament. Maraga on Monday ruffled feathers when he advised Uhuru to send MPs home for failing to enact the two-thirds gender rule.
Alutalala Mukhwana said if Uhuru dissolves Parliament, the country should be ready for a by-election. Committee of Experts (CoE) members Atsango Chesoni and Bobby Mkangi agreed with Mukhwana, saying if the president dissolved Parliament, new MPs will have to be elected. Atsango blamed MPs for plunging the country into this situation by being selfish and irresponsible. She said the CoE had many recommendations on how to achieve gender parity and the MPs chose enacting laws.
Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua praised Maraga for his action. “I am not his (Maraga) spokesperson and I have issues with the manner his court handled my petition, but I have to be honest; his boldness in nullifying the 2017 presidential election, and the advice to dissolve Parliament are both legally sound and groundbreaking,” Karua said.
Lawyer Dennis Mosota said reducing the CJ’s advisory to a question of “shall” and “may” was missing the point.
“Kenya has reached its “Missouri Compromise” moment,” said Mosota.