Atwoli: Amending Constitution will enhance inclusivity, foster peace

Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has said changing the constitution to enhance inclusivity in government will foster peace in the country and increase investor confidence.

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Mr Atwoli said those opposed to the amendment were selfish leaders who did not care about the future of the country.

Speaking during a fundraising event in aid of St Christopher Catholic Church in Kyumbi Machakos on Sunday, Mr Atwoli said the constitution should ensure inclusivity in top leadership so as to avoid conflict after every election.

“We will change the constitution so that we have peace in the country. We do not want this constitution where whoever wins takes it all. We want inclusivity,” said Mr Atwoli.

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He said Deputy President William Ruto should not oppose the change of the constitution.

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“The Deputy President should be told we are helping him through changing the constitution so that he does not go back to the Hague,” Mr Atwoli added.

He said those opposed to the change of the constitution are not committed to the spirit of the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

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Atwoli said wastage in government should also be checked so as not to overburden citizens with more taxes.

He said there were many commissions in government performing similar functions thus leading to duplication of duties.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa also supported the change of the constitution saying there were issues which had been identified as contentious even before the new constitution was inaugurated.

“I agree with majority of Kenyans that time is ripe for change of the constitution. Let us not ask whether we need to change the constitution but rather what we need to change in the constitution,” said Wamalwa.

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He said the debate on the constitution should not be personalised as the changes will be for the good of the country and for posterity.

Kakamega County Senator Cleophus Malala said the constitution should be changed to ensure the circle of violence witnessed after every election was brought to an end.

He suggested the expanding of the executive to be representative of Kenyans from diverse tribal backgrounds.


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