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Ruto bemoans 'lies' by Jubilee coalition over referendum

25 August 2014, 09:26 William Korir

Nairobi - Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto insists that calls for a referendum are not going to be derailed by government efforts to sway from the devolution agenda.

Ruto says that he will not be cowed by efforts from the government to sideline governors by lying to Kenyans about their agenda with a referendum.

He says that notions that those supporting the referendum are pro-CORD and that they are meant to derail the government will not stop him from pursuing what is right.

" We will not be stopped and especially not by those lying to Kenyans about what is really going on, he said Sunday.

" The referendum is seeking to ensure a constitutional right is availed. It is not a favour, he added.

He also took time to rubbish claims that he had sided with the CORD coalition.

" I am not a part of CORD, their referendum or their plans and will not be, he said.

" We are in Jubilee to stay but that does not mean we should not fight for what our people want. This in not about us but the people, he added.

Deputy President William Ruto had earlier in the day warned Governors to be careful of what they seek, saying that there was need for accountability at all levels.

He also insisted that the government has granted Counties as much funds as is possible and said more would come but at the right time.

" We have gradually increased the amounts and with accountability, they will be raised further, he said in Ruto's Bomet background Sunday.

Ruto though, retorted by saying that the government is insincere on what it intends to add to the County kitty.

" The government has been insincere to Kenyans on the amounts they have handed out to devolution. We want it upgraded, not just to suit them but to uplift devolution.

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