Referendum talk gains momentum with CORDs Mombasa trip
15 July 2014, 17:33
Nairobi - Talk of an upcoming referendum took shape further after CORD principals landed in Mombasa for talks on the matter.
The three CORD principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula all arrived in Mombasa Monday evening to begin deliberations.
They were invited by Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho for an evening meal after which deliberations together with other CORD leaders begun.
It is understood that despite opposition from within to the referendum, Raila and co. are pushing on with calls for the referendum to put pressure on the government to change its ways.
According to sources, CORD will push for the referendum using mass action as well as pick up 1 million signatures to aid their calls.
"The talks have been fruitful so far, a source close to the CORD leaders said. They are looking at candidates to help push the agenda forward.
Also on the agenda in Mombasa will be how to deal with leaders who have decided to take a back seat as regards recent efforts to put government on notice.
Senior figures like Evans Kidero and Alfred Mutua as well as Ababu Namwamba have been silent regarding the current state of government, instead choosing to do their own businesses
Joho, speaking Monday was equivocal that errant leaders should be punished.
" We must show a united front at this trying time. We have to be together. We have to show faith in our mission. Those who do not should declare their stand, he said
CORD is seeking a referendum to debate matters such as insecurity, tribalism, corruption and a high cost of living.
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