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MP rubbishes calls for referendum

12 August 2013, 13:34 Dareel Eric

A Member of the National Assembly who is allied to the Cord alliance has rubbished the calls for a referendum to amend the constitution.  

Hamisi MP Charles Gimose said that a referendum at this time will be so expensive to the Kenyans because it is uncalled for.

He said that the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga cannot be calling for a referendum right now when the constitution is his own brainchild.

“When Raila calls for a referendum now to amend the constitution, it bewilders me because it was his own brainchild. If someone else would have called for it, it could have been better,” said Gimose.

He was speaking to journalists at Emuhondo Salvation Army Church in Emuhaya constituency during a fundraising to help build the church.  

During his tour to Nyanza over the weekend, Raila said that some constitutional clauses needed amendment for devolution to be effective.

The legislator noted that the referendum may turn tragic to those who think that it is an easy option because people are tired of pep talk and want to see development being fostered.

“The government cannot manage a referendum now because it is ill-managed and it may turn out not to represent the interests of the people,” he said.

Gimose further said that as legislators, they have to play a role in implementing devolution and that will only happen if they are allowed to run the CDF offices.

He said that the money allocated to CDF is for the MPs to manage and not governors who already have plenty to oversee.

“If everything is taken away from us (MPs), what will be our role then? We better then be nullified and our posts scrapped from the constitution,” he said.

He said their intention to hold on to the CDF offices is not guided by malice, but the desire of people to see them working on some development projects.

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