Speaker Osoi supports degree law for MCAs, MPs

Kajiado County Assembly Speaker, Johnson Osoi.

By Obegi Malack


Kajiado County Assembly Speaker Johnson Osoi has backed the implementation of Elections Act 2012 that requires candidates for MP and MCA to have a university degree.

The Speaker said this will ensure people who are competent enough are elected to the two positions.

“We have many young people with degrees but who have no jobs. I don’t think any Ward will lack someone to run for the position of MCA,” he said.

He said that if the law is amended, Parliament should ensure that candidates have at least a post-secondary education that can enable them do oversight, representation and legislation.

Osoi, however, said some Kajiado MCAs who do not have university education have done a commendable job in the House. Nonetheless, he said, it is important for one to have some qualifications.

The Elections Act of 2012, which provides that MCA and MPs must hold a university degree, is supposed to come to force in the 2022 election.

The County Assemblies Forum had moved to court to block its implementation in the 2017 election.

The chairman of CAF Ndegwa Wahome said the law is unconstitutional and against the right of the electorate to elect their representatives.

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