Abagusii community will not support calls for a referendum to amend the Constitution

Members of Parliament from the Abagusii community have said they will not support calls for a referendum to amend the Constitution to create positions for individuals, saying the current one has already overburdened Kenyans.

The MPs said it was only last year that Kenyans underwent a gruesome electioneering period, adding that they were not ready now for a referendum to amend the Constitution to create more positions.

Speaking at Suneka Catholic Church in Kisii County on Thursday, attended by Deputy President William Ruto, the leaders said calls for amendment of the Constitution even before the current one is fully implemented was ill advised.

They were Silvanus Osoro (South Mugirango), Oroo Oyioka (Bonchari), Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache), Prof Zadoc Ogutu (Bomachoge Borabu), Ezekiel Machogu (Nyaribari Masaba), Alpha Ondieki (Bomachoge Chache), Innocent Obiri (Bobasi), Dan Wanyama (Webuye West) and deputy governor Joash Maangi.

“We must stop this debate about referendum and focus our energies on development. From the look of things, some people are calling for change of constitution to create positions for some individuals. We are not ready for that,” said Mr Osoro.

Mr Onyonka said Kenyans are interested in knowing the nature of changes to be effected in the Constitution before making decision on whether to support or reject it.

“We have heard some people calling for change of the constitution and yet they are not telling us what’s wrong with the current one,” said Mr Onyonka.

Mr Maangi said it was too early for some leaders to call for a referendum to amend the Constitution even before the current one is fully implemented.

“We cannot allow the current Constitution to be amended even before it is fully implemented,” said Mr Maangi.

The Deputy President said time for politics was over, saying it was time to implement the pledges leaders made to Kenyans during the last general election.

He assured Kenyans that the Government would serve all Kenyans equally irrespective of their political affiliations.

“We are now implementing the pledges we made to Kenyans. This is why we are here with leaders from different political backgrounds working together on matters od development,” said Mr Ruto.

Mr Ruto said the Cabinet has approved some regulations that will guide the implementation of housing, which is part of the Big Four agenda, urging county governments to set aside land for the project.

The Deputy President said Kisii County has been allocated Sh 1.2 billion under the Last Mile Connectivity program, targeting 25,000 new households.

“In the last five years, we connected 74,000 households to electricity up from 35,000 households in 2013. This shows our commitment to serving Kenyans, “said Mr Ruto.

The MPs said the Abagusii community would support the Deputy President for presidency in 2022.

“As leaders from the Abagusii community, we want to make it clear that we will support William Ruto for presidency in 20322. No one can gag us from talking about 2022,” said Mr Osoro.