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"Pesa Mashinani' not dead despite Ruto admission

29 September 2014, 13:29 William Korir

Nairobi - The 'Pesa Mashinani' referendum campaign is not dead despite Governors agreeing to dialogue with the government.

Governors have agreed to talks with the government over the referendum process, with Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto saying he will cede ground in the chase for a referendum if and only if the government increases funds for devolution.

His call though, comes at a time when the number of governors supporting the referendum had dropped alarmingly and according to analysts, it was not a surprise to see Ruto take a back seat.

" It was not a surprise that he has taken a back seat on the matter. It was coming, Michael Njenga a political analyst feels.

" The tide has well and truly turned and now he would have been fighting against growing opposition, as compared to the CORD process which will be supported by a CORD electorate. He would have been isolated, Njenga adds of Ruto.

Ruto said Sunday, following Nandi Governor Cleophas Lagat's admission that he had quit the referendum talk, that he would only agree to proposals to stop the campaign if the government also ceded ground.

Read also: Governors ready to drop referendum push

" It is not over yet and we are still searching for signatures. That said, we will consider the offer the government puts on the table if it is a good increase in funding.

" This is not to say that Pesa Mashinani is dead but it is to say that we are open for dialogue, he adds.

On the other hand, the Jubilee coalition is increasingly confident that the referendum calls from Governors is finished.

" The wheels came off a long time ago. It is not a popular initiative by Kenyans and it would not have come off easily, leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale said over the weekend.

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