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Kuria lying on referendum claim: Ruto

23 September 2014, 14:58 William Korir

Nairobi - Governors have denied claims by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria that they are using public funds to campaign for the planned referendum.

Kuria claimed over the weekend that Governors are using public funds to campaign and that they should have the accounts frozen to ensure they do not use them.

He also claimed that Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto is seeking top spot as Kalenjin leader if Deputy President William Ruto is prosecuted by the ICC court in the Hague.

Through a statement, Governors said that the claims by Kuria are false and full of desperation.

They insist that the funds used are from grassroots fundraising and their own pockets.

" We have funded the whole initiative through the help of the grassroots and our own means, Ruto said in a statement.

" Any other reports are simply lacking in truth and accuracy, he added.

Kuria said that there is need to look closely at the actions of the Governors.

" The governors ploy of a referendum is sinister because if they are keen on making such progress, can they prove that they are using personal funds to run campaigns? ", he posed.

Read also: Okoa Kenya referendum team wins first court battle

He also insisted that only Ruto will gain from getting through a referendum.

" If he (Isaac Ruto) pushes through a referendum, he will position himself to push out DP Ruto when he is away at the ICC. That is his plan ", he sensationally claimed in Konoin in the Rift Valley Sunday.

Kuria also wants the bank accounts of Governors in the referendum campaign frozen to stop them using public funds.

" They should continue their campaigns with their accounts frozen so they do not touch public funds", he added.

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