More than 15 Members of Parliament opposed the proposals to review the constitution

More than 15 Members of Parliament have opposed the proposal to review the constitution, arguing that the move cannot be used to reward political losers.

The lawmakers said if any change of the constitution is to be pursued, then it should be informed by needs of the people. 

They said the move was a self-centred scheme by low-energy politicians who are used to low hanging fruits.

Those who spoke were MPs Emmanuel Wangwe (Navakholo), Catherine Wambilianga (Women Rep, Bungoma), Malulu Injendi (Malava), Justus Murunga (Matungu), Mwambu Mabonga (Bumula), Bernard Shinali (Ikolomani), Dan Wanyama (Webuye West), Ben Washiali (Mumias East), Oku Kaunya (Teso North) and former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale.

Others were Kimani Ichungwa (Kikuyu), David Njuguna (Olkalou), Caleb Kositany (Soy), Rigathe Gachagua (Mathira), Fred Kapondi (Mt Elgon), Rahab Mukami (Women Rep, Nyeri), Kabinga Wachira (Mwea).

“We have some people in this country who know they cannot make it to be a president of Kenya. But they want to do that through a referendum. We would not allow that kind political conmanship,” said Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa.

Mr Barasa said the country was already in a financial strain and any talk of the creation of more seats to satisfy personal whims would be  resisted.

He spoke on Sunday in Sirisia during the thanksgiving ceremony of the area MP John Waluke in the presence of Deputy President William Ruto.

Mr Waluke said Kenyans had not time to discuss the changes in the constitution.

“Referendum cannot always be reward poll losers to whine around. We have serious business of developing Kenya. That is where our focus is,” he noted.

Bumula MP Mr Mabonga observed that the region would not want to be “ashamed by the so-called leaders who are dreaming of being presidents yet they cannot even mobilise the support of a single MP”.

“Raila Odinga, do not torment future generations by overstaying in politics. Your time is up. Do not even try to hoodwink Kenyans by proposing for a review of the constitution,” he said.

On her part, Bungoma Women Representative said Western region was in the mood of backing leaders who would develop Kenya. 

“We are no longer interested in party-based politics. We will support the Deputy President who has shown the energy to change our country,” she added.

While terming the proposed change of constitution as a day-dream by self-centred leaders, Mr Ichungwa said Central Kenya is behind Dr Ruto.

“We have decided to be united with other communities. We want to shift from the old tag that we do not support leaders outside Central Kenya.  We will continue making friends so as to ensure that we have Dr Ruto as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s successor,” said the Kikuyu MP.

He was supported by Mr Njuguna who said Central Kenya was for “10-10 for Uhuru Kenyatta and Dr Ruto, respectively”.

Dr Ruto said the government would continue developing Kenya further by connecting every home to power and clean drinking water.

“We are also transforming our infrastructure to make it ease the movement of goods and services,” he said.

Earlier at Likuyani Primary School grounds in Kakamega County during an interdenominational church service, Dr Ruto  said Kenyans should put pressure on their leaders to deliver of their promises.

“It is now time for us to focus our energies on service delivery. We should do away with our political differences and take a common stand on issues of development,” said Dr Ruto.

He said political competition should not be viewed as enmity, saying politics come and go but development is there to stay. 

“In politics, we should engage in competition based on issues and not tribal or propaganda. That’s the essence of democracy. This is why we are here today as leaders from different political parties,” said Dr Ruto. 

He said the country would oppose any proposals to merge counties.