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CORD pledges to push for referendum in Central

06 September 2013, 20:06 Joseph Njung'eh

Othaya - The Coalition of Reforms and Democracy (CORD) will launch campaigns in Central region to push for the proposed national referendum.

ODM executive director Magerer Langat announced in Othaya that the coalition will hold political rallies in all counties starting with Central region.

Speaking at Gachami village in Othaya constituenc during the funeral service of Benjamin Maina Kahihiay  on Thursday, Langat said they will not hold back their demands for increment of County government funds.

He said the campaigns will begin in the Mount Kenya region although it is perceived as a Jubilee coalition stronghold.

According to him, the national government must release more funds to the County governments to at least 40 percent.

“We want more funds to trickle down to the local mwananchi. We shall visit every County especially those that were not supporting CORD in the last general election,” Langat said. He was accompanied by a nominated Nairobi MCA Tabitha Wothaya and politician Kabue Ng’ang’a.

The political leaders added that the CORD coalition will not allow the Senate to be scrapped saying they should be given more powers.

“ODM party has members from all corners of the country since we garnered over 7 000 votes from Nyeri County in the last general elections. We are ready to compete with other political parties fighting for democracy,” he said.

On behalf of the coalition’s leader Raila Odinga, Langat said the deceased Maina Kahihia will be remembered for his nationalism terming him as a champion of change.

“His brevity, courage and ideology saw him contest on an ODM party ticket against the longstanding MP for Othaya, retired President Mwai Kibaki, in the year 2007. That could only prove that Kahihia valued national unity against the fact that Kibaki was equally running for presidency,” Raila's message read.

Kahihia contested against former President Mwai Kibaki twice as Othaya MP though he did not make it.

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