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Murkomen: I only support 'Pesa mashinani' campaign, not referendum

09 September 2014, 14:06 Ben Wafula

Nairobi - Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen, has said that he is advocating for the release of enough funds to the counties but not the referendum push by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD).

Murkomen argued that CORD's push for a referendum will cost the tax payers more than KES 10 billion and it would be better if the cash is channeled to Counties to cater for development.

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The Senator called on the opposition leaders to tell Kenyans their agenda because what they are trying to agitate for can be done by both the Senate and the National Assembly, saying their referendum push shows that some leaders have hidden agenda.

Speaking during a fundraising drive at Lugulu Girls High School, Murkomen insisted that Kenyans are being hoodwinked to believe that CORD leaders are fighting for their interests yet they are only using Kenyans to succeed in their quest for power.

"Kenyans should be wary of opposition leaders; they are not fighting for your interests because they should first fill their bellies before turning to you. So don't follow them blindly," Murkomen advised.

At the same time, he cautioned governors against using the funds from the County coffers to agitate for more funds adding that it is the improper use of the tax payers' money.

"We are privy to the information that governors have been ordered to contribute money totaling to KES 22 million to the Governor's Council kitty to help run the referendum campaign; this is totally misleading because the same funds could have been used to develop the Counties," warned Murkomen.

Bungoma Governor, Ken Lusaka, said that the referendum push by the opposition CORD is not healthy for the country and called on the CORD leaders to drop the agenda and concentrate on their oversight role.

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"CORD leaders are putting the country in an election mood yet we just came out of the general election the other day. Let them concentrate on offering checks and balances instead of subjecting Kenyans to unnecessary politics," said Lusaka.

Speaking during the homecoming ceremony of Webuye West MP, Daniel Wanyama at Chebosi Primary school, Lusaka called on the government to allocate more money to the counties for development purposes and urged Kenyans to shun the opposition politics.

Wanyama said that the opposition agenda was self seeking and called on Kenyans to analyse their agenda before allowing themselves to be used in rubberstamping what they don't understand.

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