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CORD leaders not supporting referendum urged to quit

23 September 2014, 22:59 Ben Wafula

Kwale - Leaders allied to the CORD coalition in Kwale, working with Jubilee government came under fire yesterday during the official launch of the Okoa Kenya campaign at Maasai grounds in Msambweni constituency.

The event also saw a portrait of leader of majority of the national assembly Aden Duale burnt by youths criticizing him of disrespect to leaders in the area.

The event was attended by Kwale senator Juma Boy, Agenes Zani,Matuga MP Hassan Mwanyoha, MCAs Omar Boga,Omar Kitengele,Omar Mwakwambirizwa,Fatuma Jirani  and Khatib Dzugwe among others.

Also read: ODM blames Jubilee for referendum chaos

Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori, Lunga Lunga MP Khatib Mwashetani and county women representative Zainab Chidzuga who are cord members did not attend the event.

MCA Khatib Dzugwe warned them that they should either join the referendum team or leave the alliance.

“There is no need of being in our alliance. If you can’t do what we are doing just leave and go where you feel it is comfortable for you,” said Dzugwe.

Tiwi ward MCA Omar Mwakwambirizwa said that the rebel MPs should resign and seek fresh mandate from electorates so that other leaders can take charge if they are not going to support the referendum.

He accused Duale of disrespecting leaders in Kwale after he publicly criticized Senator Juma Boy over his stand in support of the referendum during a fund raising ceremony in Msambweni last week.

Mwakwambirizwa said that Duale should respect leaders and stop insulting them like he did to Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto.

“Duale should know that the referendum he is opposing will not only benefit the Bomet governor's mother and father only but also his own parents and others across the country,” said Mwakwambirizwa.

Bongwe Gombato MCA Omar Boga said that MP Suleiman Dori should to append his signature if he supports referendum and stop hiding.

Boga said that Msambweni people will not be misled by leaders who are not focused.

Matuga MP Hassan Mwanyoha defended his move to work with jubilee government saying he is still in CORD.

“When I am called by the president I will go, but whatever he tells me, I am the person to decide whether to follow or not,” he told residents.

Senator Agnes Zani and Juma Boy said that Okoa Kenya referendum will not be stopped by anyone in the country.

Boy accused Jubilee government of failing to deliver citing the increased insecurity in the country, unemployment among youths among other issues attributing them to poor leadership.

“We don’t want songs of development any more but referendum which will give us what we want. It not time for us to be begging to the national government but to be given what is rightfully ours, ‘he said.

Nominated senator Agnes Zani said that a lot of money is remaining with the national government while only 15 per cent going to counties where there is a lot of needs.

“We want functions devolved and more funds to counties where there are many people comparing it with the national government and therefore it is only through the referendum,” said Zani.

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