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Governors defiant as they launch referendum signature drive

21 September 2014, 10:58 William Korir

Nairobi - Governors have launched their referendum signature collection process, with defiant messages in the face of increased opposition to the process.

The process took off in earnest Saturday in Bomet, the home turf of Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto.

Ruto, in his speech said that the 'Pesa Mashinani' campaign would not be deterred by increased opposition tot he process from members of the Jubilee coalition and insisted that he would be ate the forefront of the process no matter what.

" We launch this programme today with a message that the people want it to go on through to the end ", he said.

" This is a process for the people and by the people and one that will only benefit the people of Kenya and we will not step down to undue pressure from negative forces ", he added.

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Ruto, who has been in the midst of wars to see the process dead in the water, says that the process only seeks to earn Kenyans what is rightfully theirs.

" We are simply vouching for more funds for devolution. No one is asking for something that does not belong to the people. No one is asking for something unreal. The process is simply to seek what is the benefit of Kenyans' hard work ", he added.

Governors also sought to kill off notions that the process was a political one.

Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma insisted that those politicizing the process had their own motives for doing so.

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" This is not a political process and let no one lie to you that it is ", he said.

Kisii Governor James Ongwae urged Kenyans  to support the noble initiative.

" This is a noble initiative that will only bring dividends to the people and nothing less. I ask Kenyans to embrace it ", he added.

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