Munya stands ground on referendum
15 September 2014, 12:31
Nairobi - Meru Governor Peter Munya has stood his ground on the referendum, saying Counties need extra funds.
Munya has been under pressure from sections of the Jubilee coalition which he supports to drop the clamour for a referendum seeking to have funds to counties increased.
Over the weekend, deputy president William Ruto was in Meru to push for Munya to change his stand on the referendum but the Meru Governor was not in any mood to change his stand.
" The referendum will see money increased to counties. Now unless the people do not want to see an increase in funding, which will help Counties grow, then I will sit back and let it go, he said.
" The people though want more funds and that is what I will push for", he added.
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He insisted that there would be no point running Counties then, without any money for the projects that need to be done.
" Why should we clamour for development if we do not have the tools to succeed, he posed?
" The funding is a must. We want to see communities grow and that will only be done with increased funds, he added.
Ruto, speaking in Meru Sunday said that the clamour for the referendum was politically instigated and lacking in merit.
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" We know the proponents of the referendum have other missions, not just to get more money but political reasons, he said.
" The referendum will be a waste of money and time and it will not benefit Kenyans. I ask leaders to think about the lively-hoods of Kenyans, he added.
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