Oppose Referendum if it is meant to create more positions of power,DP Ruto urges Kenyans

Oppose Referendum if it is meant to create more positions of power,DP Ruto urges Kenyans

BY DPPS/KORIR JUMA,7TH OCT 2018-Deputy President William Ruto  on Sunday  urged  Kenyans to oppose the referendum if it is meant to create more positions.

“The
process should not be about creating more seats. It should be informed
by the public interest. That is why we want those agitating for these
changes to sit down and harmonise what should or should not be included
in the constitution,” said Ruto.

He spoke at St Nicholas AIPCA in Central Imenti Constituency on Sunday.

Ruto
said the ongoing discussions on the referendum would not distract the
government from pushing forward its development agenda.

“We are
intensifying power connectivity in Meru region. Since 2013, more than
95,000 households have benefited from the Last Mile project. We expect
another 30,000 to be connected soon,” he said.

Speaking at the
same event, a group of Mt Kenya leaders warned that the proposed review
of the constitution needs to be approached with caution.

During the consecration ceremony of assistant Bishop Richard Gikunda Kimaita of National Independent Church of Africa (NICA), Kaunjira Church, Meru County-DPPS.

They said there is a risk of the referendum to divide the country unless a solid plan is laid to guide the process.

On his part Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi said any changes in the constitution should be informed by Kenyans and their needs.

“Referendum is a dangerous thing. It divides communities. The
skirmishes we had in 2007/2008 were the ripples of the 2005 referendum,”
said Kiraitu.

He added that  with his wealth of experience in constitutional making, huge resources might be consumed without the changes in law having a positive impact on the lives of many Kenyans.

The
Deputy President was accompanied by MPs Moses Kirima (Central Imenti),
Rahim Dawood (North Imenti), Mpuri Aburi (East African Legislative
Assembly), Rindikiri Murwethania (Buuri) and Halima Mucheke (Nominated).

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