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Kwale Okoa Kenya team rallies support for referendum

22 September 2014, 20:59 John Kioko

Kwale - The Okoa Kenya team in Kwale has urged Kenyans to support referendum since it will help them to solve the many finance-related problems that are facing counties.

The group, led by the area ODM Secretary General, Omar Boga, said there many sectors such as Water are supposed to be handled over to counties but the national government has refused to devolve them.

Speaking at Diani on Friday during the Okoa Kenya group meeting to plan on signature collection in the area, Boga said that Kenyans should open their eyes and demand their rights through referendum.

“Water is devolved but Kwale people buy water from Coast Water, an entity that does not exist in the new constitution. The national government has refused to release money for such functions intentionally; that is why we must support referendum,” said Boga.

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He was accompanied by Wiper Democratic Party Coordinator in Kwale Ali Mwapishi, Ford Kenya Chair Msambweni LungaLunga Mohamed Nyonyo, Mama maendeleo Diani Location Zeitun Zivwa, MCAs Omar Kitengele and Omar Mwakwambirizwa among other leaders.

MCA Omar Mwakwambirizwa said that the national government is using other institutions to kill devolution by failing to ensure health staffs are paid their salaries and refusing counties to employ nursery teachers.

“We want Okoa Kenya to bring changes for all Kenyans so that they can benefit from our resources," he noted.

Ukunda MCA Omar Kitengele said even the President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have  admitted that the constitution has issues.

CORD activist in Kwale County, Shaaban Lusechi, said that the County urgently needs a referendum since it was the first one to be affected by insecurity that has led to closure of hotels.

Ford Kenya party chair in Msambweni and LungaLunga, Mohammed Nyonyo said that they in support of referendum although their deputy party leader Khatib Mwashetani is not supporting it.

Okoa Kenya Coordinator in Kwale County, Nicholus Zani, said that the referendum bid is not for one person but a course for all Kenyans.

“If you went to hospital and found there is no medicines you need Okoa and if your land has been grabbed you need Okoa Kenya,” said Zani.

Wiper Party Coordinator in Kwale county, Ali Mwapishi said a lot of land belonging to Coastal residents is still in the hands of grabbers and that a referendum is their only solution.

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Zeitun Zivwa, the Maendeleo ya wanawake-Diani Location Chair said counties do not have enough money to bring the needed development and therefore referendum must be supported.

“Governors are being blamed for not bringing development because they have not been well funded; that is why we want Okoa Kenya and Pesa Mashinani referendums,” she said.

She lashed out at Majority Leader in the National Assembly, Aden Duale, for insulting women who are among those voted for him.

“We condemn Duale's recent statement which amounted to insulting women across the country while engaging Bomet governor Isaac Rutto; he should behave and apologise,” she said.

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