Photo: Charles Wanyoro/Daily Nation
Muriuki Njagagua (in blue coat) celebrates with his supporters after he was re-elected as Mbeere North legislator, August 10, 2017.
By Charles Wanyoro
Mbeere North legislator Muriuki Njagagua has come up having a plan to stop his constituency via being scrapped: he will give every woman who gives birth Sh2,000 to enhance the population.
Speaking during a fundraiser in aid of St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Siakago, the member of parliament (MP) implored the residents to join the fight to save the constituency via being scrapped.
Mr Njagagua said he was ready to use any means at his disposal to save the largely semi-arid constituency in Embu County via being scrapped when the Independent Electoral in addition to Boundaries Commission (IEBC) reviews boundaries after next year’s census.
Mbeere North is usually among the 27 constituencies earmarked for scrapping because their populations falls below the set quota of 133,000 persons.
The 2009 census showed of which the constituency had a population of 89,035, the lowest in Embu county.
To avoid being scrapped, the constituency needs to have one more 43,965 people by next year’s census.
As the moment, has 51,009 registered voters.
Mr Njagagua also appealed to the residents to make sure they are present during the census to ensure they are counted, in addition to told the people to think seriously about his suggestion.
Notably, in a past interview, Mr Njagagua had expressed optimism of which his constituency will have attained 80,000 registered voters by next year’s boundaries review.
He estimated the constituency’s population at the time to be over 100,000, in addition to asserted of which the item would certainly be wrong to scrap the item.
Mr Njagagua said the region is usually protected because of its expansive size, in addition to is usually largely inhabited by the Mbeere, who are a minority inside the county.
“I believe we are still protected in addition to will fight for of which protection as a minority. You cannot just kill minority constituencies. We will fight the item tooth in addition to nail,” he said.
Mr Njagagua’s suggestion was supported by Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki, who vowed to block any move to scrap the constituency. He said the item should be left since the item has its own unique challenges.
“I will fight tooth in addition to nail to save Mbeere North constituency. Even if 100 constituencies are to be scrapped, of which one must be spared,” said Prof Kindiki.
The Tharaka-Nithi Senator said the item would certainly be wrong to scrap constituencies with unique people or challenges.