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Clergy: Don't append signatures to Okoa Kenya booklets

18 September 2014, 09:22 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Twelve Bishops from Pentecostal Churches in Nyeri County have cautioned Kenyans against appending their signatures blindly to the ongoing Okoa Kenya and Pesa Mashinani campaign booklets.

The Bishops drawn from 63 churches said they are opposed to the ongoing referendum calls being proposed by the Council of Governors and the opposition CORD coalition.

Speaking in Nyeri Town under the banner of fellowship of Bishops in the County, the men God advised Kenyans to make informed decision before appending their signatures.

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Led by their Chairman, Bishop Erastus Njoroge, the clergy said most Kenyans were not aware of what they were signing for.

“We urge all Kenyans not to be fooled by the political class as they move from one part of the country to another seeking for signatures to amend the constitution,” Njoroge said.

He added that they were opposed to calls for a referendum because it was too early to change the constitution before an audit of the same is done.

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“Most politicians are only interested in changing articles which are relevant to their waning political careers,” Njoroge added.

He said the church was opposed to the new constitution in year 2010 from the onset but politicians were in full support of it.

“They prevailed upon us to change our stands saying 90 percent of the constitution was good and would be amended at a later date,” the Bishops noted.

Njoroge further said that the only person who is entitled to call for the constitutional changes was Deputy President William Ruto whom he said was opposed to the new document during the 2010 referendum.

Bishop Daniel Kariuki noted that governors spearheading the Pesa Mashinani initiative had failed to account for the money they were allocated by the National government in the past one year.

“They ended up returning the money to Treasury, and even failed to appear before the Senate to explain how they spent the money allocated to their counties,” he said.

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