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Atwoli urges Jubilee govt to review Constitution

06 January 2014, 08:16 Robert Kibet

Nandi - Failure of the Jubilee government to consider a review of the constitution before full implementation, might see it not being able to meet salary demands for various office holders including the legislatures in the next three years, Central Organization of Trade Union(COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has said.

Addressing mourners in Lel Gotet village, Tinderet constituency of Nandi County on Sunday, during the burial of the late Ezekiel Barngetuny, Atwoli reiterated the need to look into the 2010 promulgated constitution first.

“We need to understand that the country is bigger than any individual, hence leaders should not fear for the positions they are holding if the constitution is reviewed. I am warning the Jubilee government that if it does not review the constitution and the number of office holders, then the government might be in debt in the next three years, which might scare our international donors,” he said.

However, his sentiments were countered by former ODM national chairman Henry Kosgei, who on his side proposed full implementation of the constitution arguing that this will see fast devolving of resources and governance to the common man in the grassroots.

“Let us implement the constitution fully then later on we can carry on a review on the loopholes, but after Kenyans have benefited from devolved governments,” Kosgey, former Tinderet MP said.

On the other hand, Atwoli advised the Jubilee administration not to incorporate individuals whom he termed as ‘corrupt’ in the Moi and Kibaki regime, and instead should boldly drop those with questionable character.

At the same time, he asked the Deputy President William Ruto to accommodate and listen to Nandi Hill’s MP Alfred Keter over his complains, adding that he is a young man and in the next twenty years he will be there while others will have faded.

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