Worry for Uhuru amidst Jubilee referendum talk
19 November 2015, 18:51
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has been against talk of a referendum by the CORD coalition faces a hard task convincing members of his Jubilee alliance to drop plans for a similar initiative.
The President and his Deputy William Ruto have in the past been vehemently against plans by CORD leaders to push through the Okoa Kenya initiative which majorly seeks to ensure that funds allocated to County governments hit 40% of public revenue.
But members of his Jubilee coalition have now begun their own, termed 'Boresha Katiba' which seeks to lift the threshold even higher, to 46%.
It also seeks to have other issues such as electoral reforms as well as the fight against corruption dealt with seriously.
Tiaty MP Asman Kamama said Thursday that the Jubilee coalition's MPs had already garnered upto 150 legislators to ensure they push the initiative forward.
They also want funds for the Constituency Development Fund CDF increased, a move that will likely be fought off by the President.
Kamama though is confident that the President will not derail the process which he says is for the betterment of the lives of Kenyans.
" This is for Kenyans. It has nothing to do with the President or the government. We all want what's best for Kenya which is a strengthened devolution strategy," he added.
But the President will fight any attempts to push through the referendum, with sources claiming that he will deal with it internally.
" The attempts for a referendum will be dealt with by the President. It will basically legitimize the opposition's already started referendum campaign which will be a huge blow to him and his rule," a source at State House told News24.
Whether Kamama will be able to go forward will be seen but talk of merging with the CORD referendum team will not go down too well with the Jubilee top brass.
The Okoa Kenya referendum initiative has already seen 1.4 million signatures collected with the drawing of a draft bill already underway by the opposition coalition.
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