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MCA's might sponsor own referendum question

25 August 2014, 14:43 William Korir

Nairobi - Members of County Assemblies MCA's might sponsor their own referendum question, they have said.

The above clearly came out over the weekend in Nairobi during the County Assembly Forum meeting at the Bomas of Kenya.

With an agreement on whether or not to support Governors in their push for a referendum failing to come to fruition, it was agreed that the MCA's form a special commitee that will seek ways of dealing with the current state of affairs.

Governors want them to support their call for more funds for devolution through the referendum, while CORD also want a referendum to address the same, as well as other issues.

But with MCA's taking a political line in their arguments over the weekend, there might be a way to deal with it, setting up a referendum question of their own.

" We are seriously considering it. It is a viable option for us. I think having our own question would harmonize us as well as dissociate our efforts from those of Governors and CORD, head of the County Assembly Forum Nuh Abdi said.

He insisted that despite the obvious disagreements party-wise, all the MCA's wanted the same thing, even though the methodology was different.

" The agreement is that we all want the same thing, so we just need to sit down and look for a way that will suit all of us, he added.

A 47 man committee, with a member from each County on it, will probe the way forward on the call by Governors to have them join in on the referendum.

They will return with an answer in a month.

" We all want to see more and better funding for counties so we will deliberate and come up with a way of making everyone happy while achieving more for the people, Abdi continued.

So far, many Governors and MCA's from the Jubilee coalition have quit the referendum talk but it remains to be seen if a new question  sponsored by their fellow leaders will see them rejoin.

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