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Referendum not healthy for Kenya

26 August 2013, 15:34 Wangui Joseph

Kieni Member of Parliament, James Mathenge (Kanini Kega) has condemned and dismissed CORD’s call for a national referendum.

Mathenge said a referendum is not healthy for the country as it is just few months after the general elections and people need to embark on their activities of making life. 

In regard to a parliamentary system of governance in Kenya, the MP said it would not be the best way for Kenya to go currently.

He urged former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga to wait for the next elections to resell his policies again and convince Kenyans to elect him as the President.

“A president cannot be elected by MPs on behalf of Kenyans. Kenyans should make their decisions and be given that opportunity to decide who to lead them,” said Mathenge.

He said the former Premier is just playing politics and is trying to destabilize the government. “Raila should give the Jubilee government time to prove itself and implement the constitution and their manifesto. If they fail, only then should he call for a referendum,” said Mathenge.

Mathenge also criticized the governors who are demanding more money from the national government. Mathenge said there is no need of having an opinion vote for governors to get the funds, saying by end of three years the government will have reached the 50 per cent mark on the devolution money.

According to him a referendum is an expensive affair and that the funds to undertake it should instead be used on development projects, saying many governors are putting their personal interests first.

The MP made the remarks over the weekend at Mweiga Health Centre after handling a cheque of KES 1 Million for construction of nurses’ quarters at the facility.

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