Renowned blogger Robert Alai has weighed in on the Punguza Mizigo initiative which is being spearheaded by Thirdway Alliance Party leader Ekuru Aukot.

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In a tweet on Tuesday, Alai argued that Aukot is to blame following the rejection of the Punguza Mizigo Bill by several county assemblies.

The blogger said that Aukot failed when it came to educating the general public about the proposals in the Bill. 

He defended Deputy President William Ruto and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga against claims of masterminding the collapse of the Bill. 

Alai noted that Aukot needs to reach out to more people, arguing that the promoters' approach was alienating potential supporters of the Bill.

"The problem with Punguza Mizigo Bill is not Ruto or Raila but Aukot. He needs to really reach out. The attitude doesn’t whip supporters but alienates even the people who could have supported it. Just the attitude of the promoters," said Alai.

On Tuesday, Makueni, Nakuru and Nairobi County Assemblies rejected the Punguza Mizigo Bill, with a section of MCAs terming it unrealistic and untimely.  

The MCAs faulted Aukot for not consulting widely before presenting the same for approval in the assemblies. 

On his part, Aukot has blamed the rejection of the Bill on the lack of goodwill from mainstream parties including Jubilee and ODM. He has also admitted that the Thirdway Alliance party faced financial woes in promoting the Bill.