REVIEW OF CONSTITUTION

ODM MPs say referendum inevitable

Say it has support of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga

In Summary

• Say Kenyans have experimented with Constitution for eight years and it has failed to work.

• MPs vow to rally behind Raila and Uhuru’s resolve to push for national unity and reconciliation ahead of 2022.

The ODM party headquarters in Nairobi.
The ODM party headquarters in Nairobi.
Image: MONICAH MWANGI

Kenyans have been told to prepare for a referendum which ODM legislators say is inevitable.

The party instructed  its legislators to drum up support for the referendum and the Building Bridges Initiative. Meetings were held in Baringo, Kasarani and Migori.

In Migori, Suna West MP Peter Masara hosted seven colleagues at a fundsdrive in Shirikisho Ogada church.

 

“We held the three meetings in the country to tell Kenyans that they should be ready for the forthcoming referendum which is inevitable,” Tom Kajwang’, the Ruaraka MP, said.

Kajwang’ said the the referendum is impending and it has the support of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

“We know that currently the Building Bridges Initiative team is drafting a referendum call. We have started moving across the country to push the matter directly to Kenyans before the question for referendum arrives,” Kajwang’ said.

ODM’s director of political affairs and Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi told their political rivals to shun politics of mudslinging.

"We are not going to allow anybody to attack Raila anyhow for the sake of political expediency. Those opposed to the handshake do not mean well for Kenyans and are ethnic chauvinists," Wandayi said.

The MPs vowed to firmly rally behind Raila and President Kenyatta’s resolve to push for national unity and reconciliation ahead of 2022.

Legislators James Nyikal (Seme), Tom Odege (Nyatike), Eve Obara(Kasipul-Kabondo), Jared Okello(Nyando), Onyango Koyoo ( Muhoroni), Peter Masara (Suna West) and Migori assembly Majority Leader Roland Asiga said the referendum will safeguard the 2010 Constitution and end corruption.

 
 

Okello said Kenyans have experimented with the Constitution for eight years and it has failed to work. They should explore alternatives.

"We need to have a strong Constitution which will help ensure those who are culpable of corruption are kept away from office,” Odege said.

Obara called on Parliament to investigate stalled major projects across the country that have been avenues for corruption.