Lamu East Member of Parliament Shariff Athman has defended his decision to oppose the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2020 saying the process if fully implemented will overburden not only Lamu residents but all Kenyans.
Athman said the additional 70 constituencies will force Kenyans to pay higher taxes, thus making lives unbearable.
Speaking in his constituency on Monday, the Legislature said he is being wrongly accused by a section of Lamu residents over his well informed and calculated decision over the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
According to the Lawmaker, implementation of the current constitution should be prioritised and not anything else.
He said the 2010 constitution if fully implemented will directly benefit Kenyans, benefits that BBI will not give Kenyans.
“I want to openly enlighten you my electorates that you will reap totally nothing from BBI, it is only meant to serve few greedy individuals,” noted Mr. Athman.
Athman ignored the strong criticism from some Lamu county residents who accused him of backing out of the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2020.
He however, assured his constituents that he will deligently serve them and ensure they get the required basic needs and services.
On Sunday, Lamu youth activists gnashed the MP saying BBI is critical in transforming Lamu dwellers lives.
Led by Lamu Justice Network Director Yunus Is’hakia Ahmed, the youth said BBI will retain the two constituencies of Lamu East and West which were earlier slated for a merger following low figures of the total number of people in the two constituencies.
“With the increment of revenue allocation, Lamu county will reap big from BBI,” Said Mr. Ahmed.
His sentiments were backed by Jicho la Lamu Chairperson and activist, Muhasham Famau who supported BBI terming it as a Lamu residents saviour.
Lamu West MP Stanley Muthama and Lamu Woman representative Ms Ruweida Obbo embraced the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2020.
Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa and her Nyali counterpart Mohammed Ali also handed the BBI bill a No vote.