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Referendum is the best way: ODM Governors

25 August 2014, 23:02 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Two governors affiliated to an opposition party, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) have maintained that they will continue pushing referendum despite exit of some governors.

Governor Jack Ranguma of Kisumu County and his counterpart David Nkedienye of Kajiando County said they will soldier on with the quest even though governors from the ruling Jubilee coalition bowed down.

Speaking at a Nyeri hotel, Governor Ranguma said he and his party ODM will continue demanding for a referendum.

He stated that it was the only way to compel government increase county government’s allocation.

“Money meant for devolved governments should be directed to where it is supposed to be. Our demands are constitutional,” said Ranguma maintaining that the said funds must be devolved.

The Senate, Ranguma said, proposed that counties be given KES 278 billion only for the national government to give out KES 226 billion.

He, however, said he was struggling to understand the reasons that informed his colleagues from Jubilee coalition to abandon the referendum push.

“This issue has different approaches but my party and I believe referendum is the most effective approach,” said Ranguma.

While echoing Ranguma’s sentiments, Kajiando governor David Nkendienye said the county bosses have vowed to protect devolution in all ways.

“I respect the direction taken by my colleagues who backed off the referendum but we are still watching how the issue will unfold. We are still optimistic to succeed in the referendum quest because more resources are needed at the grassroots,” said Nkendienye.

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