In 2018, Third Way Alliance party leader Ekuru Aukot promised to collect over one million signatures from registered Kenyan voters in a bid to push for a referendum under the Punguza Mizigo Initiative.
A year later, what started as a ‘referendum joke’ to many political leaders in the country is now proving a hard nut to crack after the initiative successfully passed the IEBC huddle now heading to the counties for final approval before it calls for a referendum vote.
And in a move to stop the initiative from being debated upon and getting approvals in the 47 county assemblies, a Lobby group has moved to court to stop further initiations citing lack of quorum in IEBC to verify signatures presented by Ekuru Aukot.
In the petition, Mr. Ngari argues that the Bill was procured through deceit and illegalities since the signatures are not genuine.
LOBBY GROUP petitions court to stop county assemblies from debating Punguza Mizigo Bill, says IEBC lacked quorum to verify signatures. pic.twitter.com/nWtvZVcvcZ
— NationBreakingNews (@NationBreaking) July 29, 2019
With the lobby group hitting the headlines, Kenyans are all up in arms against the notion of stopping the initiating promising to support Aukot’s initiative to the last person. Many through their social media sites promised to avail their signatures in large numbers if in any case, the court will grant the lobby group their wish.
Here are some angry reactions from a section of online users;
İf kenyans you are not going to pass this “punguza mzigo”bill for your own benefit, then prepare for the “ongeza mzigo” bill by gladys boss sholei…one must pass!!
— Ali A Mohamed™️ (@alikalmasa) July 29, 2019
Geoffrey Siongok Junior I did not give my signature,please tell ekuru to bring it we sign to 10million
Desports don’t want progressive agendas, they will stop anything to bennefit themselves
Amoke David This punguza mzigo thing is indeed a threat to the political class. They’ll put all manner of haddles along the way including seeking to injunct it through the courts…oh my God.
Punguza mizigo is 10*10 times better than BBI and Okoa kenya
— Stephen Munanu (@MunanuStephen) July 29, 2019
Serem Ben Kip These are enemies of the people.. Then we vote for them thinking they’ll serve us… It’s clear nobody bothers about common man it’s their interest first and nothing else
Wanderi Kamau Sponsored by …… J love this game . Leaders vs Wanjiku . Who’ll win ? The Kenyan Wanjiku have mighty powers to win this game , but gives in so easily like buffaloes do against one lion .
First u en systems thought aukot signatures wdnt pass iebc,it did..now puzzled that counties are embracing it…na bado wananchi wako nyuma yake..
— Clement Macharia (@machariakathuri) July 29, 2019
Lobby group?, r they not suppose to b on peoples side,this is getting ridiculous,they(Uhuru n raila) want to do everything to stop people's driven initiative so they can bring there political driven(BBI) shit to us,y r they so afraid of this referendum
— Rambo kanambo (@MburuTm) July 29, 2019
Every good thing you do as a leader to minimise people's burden there's always some characters who will fight to bring you down, be strong @EAukot, it's just a passing storm.
— Sammy Gîtûi KI (@SammyGits_014) July 29, 2019