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Divisions reign within CORD ahead of referendum push

14 July 2014, 10:42 William Korir

Nairobi - There are divisions within the CORD coalition on whether the push for a referendum should go on, with some already stating their stand on the matter.

The decision by the coalition to push for a referendum is likely to cause further divisions in the already fragmented party as some leaders choose to break ranks with the decision just as they did for the Saba Saba rally.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero is already known to be against a referendum, saying that it is likely to cause divisions in the country at a criti9cal moment.

" Kidero feels that the referendum, just like it was with the Saba Saba rallies is putting too much attention to negativity just a year after elections, a source close to the governor said.

Kidero has not been in good terms within CORD ranks, having earlier been called a Jubilee mole by supporters as well as having missed the Saba Saba rally last week.

" He is not bought on the referendum idea. He feels there are better ways to go about it, the source added.

Another CORD leader who has not hidden his feelings over the matter is Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, who has also broken ranks with the coalition in recent months over the Saba Saba rally, where he even took the step of withdrawing his deputy governor's vehicle for attending the Uhuru Park fete.

" The messages spread out there are simply not condusive to building the country which is what we all want to see. We want to have a nation that is peaceful and prosperous, he said of the Saba Saba rallies.

Opposition to the referendum has also come out in force in the Gusii region, where CORD has struggled to ascertain its popularity recently in by elections, where it has lost to Jubilee.

It is understood that Richard Onyonka of Kitutu Chache, Manson Nyamweya of South Mugirango and Ben Momanyi of Borabu are against mass action and the referendum push.

" Gusii leaders are under pressure to quit CORD because the coalition is seen as not development friendly, which is why they have broken ranks on the matter, Isaac Rugene, a political analyst quips.

For now though, the number of those against the referendum is low but is expected to rise in coming weeks as the realities of the push become more and more open.

" We will see more and more people shift, especially when it is taken to parliament, Rugene adds.

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