Leaders from Central, Western and Rift Valley dismiss calls for a referendum to amend the Constitution

ELDORET, APRIL 29, 2018, DPPS – A section of leaders from Central, Western and Rift Valley have dismissed calls for a referendum to amend the Constitution, saying those pursuing the agenda were being driven by selfish interests.

The leaders said the calls for a referendum to change the Constitution were premature and aimed at derailing the implementation of the Government’s Big Four agenda- manufacturing, housing, health and food security for Kenyans.

The leaders included Governors Jackson Mandago (Uasin-Gishu) and Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet).

Others were MPs Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Kimani Wamatangi (Kiambu), Margaret Kamar (Uasin-Gishu), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Charles Gimose (Hamisi), David Kiaraho (Ol Kalau), Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Caleb Kositany (Soy).

Speaking during an interdenominational church service held in Ngeny primary school grounds in Soy Constituency, Uasin Gishu County on Sunday, attended by Deputy President William Ruto, the leaders said they would resist any attempts to have a referendum held to change the Constitution.

Governor Mandago said Kenyans should not allow the Constitution to be changed to create positions for one or two perennial election losers in the country.

“Why should Kenyans be subjected to a referendum to have the Constitution changed to give a political lifeline to some people who are known to be perennial election losers in this country? Even if we change the laws, they will not get elected,” said Mr Mandago.

“We will not allow some few individuals to derail the implementation of development projects through calls for a referendum to change the Constitution. We can’t get a child in one month by having nine women pregnant. No way,” said Mr Nyoro.

Mr Kiaraho said those leaders calling for a change of the Constitution were anti-development, saying they should read the mood of Kenyans and abandon their crusade to have a referendum held to change the Constitution.

“Some people now want to put this country in a permanent political mood at the expense of development. Kenyans participated last year in a gruesome electioneering period and want to move on with their lives nd not to be subjected to a referendum,” said Mr Kiaraho.

Mr Washiali termed those calling for a change of the Constitution  tribalists who were just pursuing their personal interests.

He said Jubilee was focused on uniting the country as well as implementing its development agenda for the country and will not have time to waste of on matters pertaining to change of the Constitution.

Mr Gimose urged Kenyans to dismiss calls for a referendum to change the Constitution, saying it was time to concentrate on development.

“Let’s ignore those calling for the change of the Constitution and focus our energies on serving Kenyans,” said Mr Gimose.

Governor Tolgos said it was unfair for some leaders to call for a referendum that will cost the taxpayer billions of shillings when Kenyans are facing myriad of challenges including lack of food.

The Deputy President said Jubilee was united and was focused on activities aimed at transforming the lives of Kenyans.

“Our focus remains to unite the country to eliminate politics based on tribalism and implement our development agenda across the country to uplift the lives of the people,” said Mr Ruto.

He said the Government was keen on ensuring the successful implementation of its Big Four agenda, urging leaders to dedicate their time in addressing challenges facing the people.

“As Jubilee we are organized in our activities. We are now consolidating the legacy of President Uhuru Kenyatta to lead to the transformation of peoples lives as well as leaving firm foundation of our party that will be driven by millions of Kenyans and not the whims of few individuals,” said Mr Ruto.

“I want to assure you that as Jubilee Party, we know where we came from, where we are and where we are going. So we have organized ourselves,” added Mr Ruto.

The Deputy President told all elected leaders to be at the forefront in helping the Government attain its target of planting 130 million trees during this rainy season.

Mr Kiaraho and Mr Nyoro, at the same time, said the people of Central Kenya have no debt for the Deputy President but have love for him.

“I want to make it clear here today, that members of the Kikuyu community have no debt for the Deputy President but what we have is love for him,” said Mr Kiaraho.

They said leaders in Central Kenya will have a smooth time in looking for votes for Mr Ruto come 2022 because what he had done for the region in terms of development projects.

Mr Wamatangi told the Deputy President to remain steadfast and focused in his unity efforts and development agenda for the country, saying his efforts will not be in vain.

“The journey that Jubilee started in 2012 will go on uninterrupted. As people of Central Kenya, we will rally behind Mr Ruto when the time comes. But for now let’s focus on development,” said Mr Wamatangi.

Mr Gimose said he would support Mr Ruto for the top seat come 2022.

“I am now working together with the Deputy President and will do the same when the times comes for him to take over the leadership of this country,” said Mr Gimose.