Okoa Kenya referendum members in Kwale want rotational presidency
10 November 2014, 22:56
Kwale - CORD coalition members in Kwale County took Okoa Kenya referendum push to Lunga Lunga market on Friday where they insisted that Kenya need a rotational presidency.
Led by ODM nominated MP Zulekha Juma the leaders said that the referendum will ensure there is equity not only in resources but also in tribes ruling the country.
“If we support the referendum it will ensure one or two tribes don’t continue clinching to the presidency while others fail to get a chance. We want to see tribes which have never had a chance to give us a president do so,” she said.
Zulekha was accompanied by former counselor Hassan Chitembe, gubernatorial aspirant Gereza Dena, women representative aspirant Fatuma Masito, Hassan Matumizi and Zeitun Dzivwa among others.
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She said that Malaysia and Nigeria countries have managed to practice rotational presidency while they have more than 100 tribes compared to Kenya which has 42 tribes.
“For that to be successful Kenyans have to support Okoa Kenya referendum because enough is enough for am section of Kenyans to look like they are only ones producing presidents,” she said.
She said already Central and Rift Valley has since Independence provided presidents for Kenyans and therefore with the rotational issue only remaining six regions will be allowed to compete.
Zulekha took issues with insecurity cases rocking some parts of the country including Kwale saying that Jubilee government has failed.
‘They promised to improve our security but that we are seeing is totally different. In Diani our youths and even students live in fear because unknown people have continued killing innocent locals with no explanation given by the government.
She said that the government should be steady and step in to save its people where insecurity is on the rise since that is its responsibility.
Gereza Dena accused current leadership in the Coast region for continuing to support Jubilee instead of working out to see grabbed land in the area is returned back to locals.
The Okoa Kenya crusaders said empowering of National Land Commission through the referendum will liberate Coast people grabbers.
“We want to see Digo land that was stolen since independence given back to citizens through the constitution and that will be possible if locals append their signatures to Okoa Kenya referendum. Grabbers must know that whether they like it or not they will surrender Digo land to owners,’ he said.
Fatuma Masito claimed that land cabinet secretary is interfering with NLC mandate because she is serving other peoples interests and not Kenyans.
“They want to kill devolution but as Kenyans we are alert,” she said.
Hassan Chitembe said that Kwale County is rich in various minerals but they are not benefiting form them arguing that the referendum will see resources benefiting counties directly.
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