North Rift leaders want proposed referendum done in 2022

A group of political leaders drawn from the North Rift now want the proposed referendum to be conducted in 2022 when the country heads to the polls.

Led by Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, the leaders say Kenyans are not ready to be subjected to yet another heightened political season just months after a protracted presidential election.

The clamor for constitutional review continues to gain traction in the country with the question on whether to expand or shrink the government providing fodder for the political class.

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei is now calling for the shelving of the referendum until 2022

The lawmaker chiding the Opposition for allegedly using the new found cohesion between the President and Raila Odinga to advance their partisan political interests

The development coming as the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) expressed its opposition to attempts to introduce amendments that seeks to disband the Teachers Service Commission.

Meanwhile, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has lashed ODM leader, Raila Odinga, over the Constitution change debate saying he should be the last person to comment on the issue.

Kuria said leaders who opposed the Constitution ahead of the 2010 referendum noticed shortcomings in the law but Raila gave the document a clean bill of health after he told Kenyans he has read it whole.

Kuria was speaking on Saturday during the official opening of the Kinangop Technical and Vocational College by Deputy President William Ruto.

He noted that Kenyans are not an electric switch where you can put it on and off at will.

Raila has been vocal about the need to amend the Constitution saying it will fix perennial problems that have been facing the country.

Kuria said he was the first to propose constitutional amendments back in 2015 under the ‘punguza Mzigo’ tag before raila hijacked it.

The MP said he still supports the idea but only for purposes of cutting the wage bill and not for creating new government positions.

Deputy President William Ruto and his allies have publicly opposed attempts to amend the Constitution saying Raila is looking for shortcuts to power.


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