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Governor Gachagua bows out of referendum push

20 August 2014, 21:00 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The governor Nderitu Gachagua has quit the referendum push following pressure from area politicians and residents.

Gachagua said he will not be party of a Governor’s council group pushing for the referendum because it has been hijacked by the opposition, Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD).

Speaking at Thangathi area in Mukurweini sub-county, Gachagua said CORD hijacked governors’ referendum push and are gaining political mileages from it.

“Council of Governors wanted a referendum last year but we shelved after consultations with the government. It is saddening that CORD is taking our push for more money into the counties as their agenda. They have totally hijacked our referendum,” explained Gachagua.

The issues raised by CORD, Gachagua termed them as miscellaneous saying they were unclear because were all centered at politics.

Gachagua who was chairing a steering committee pushing for the referendum dubbed Pesa Mashinani said there was a public perception that governors were driving opposition’s agenda.

“Am feeling that our referendum initiative will be untenable for now when CORD is on board,” said Gachagua.

“Going for a referendum at this moment it will be a time wasting initiative because it is not necessary. We shall continue engaging the government to demand more money into the counties,” he asserted.

Governors across the country were demanding that funds allocated to devolved governments be increased to 45 percent.

Recently, Nyeri county parliamentarians have been accusing governor Gachagua of driving opposition’s initiatives.

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