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Referendum will determine divisive politicians: Uhuru

18 August 2014, 12:49 PSCU

Nairobi - The referendum debate gives an opportunity for Kenyans to distinguish between honest leaders and those seeking selfish political glory, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

The President said the debate exposes those who have made it a habit to engage in constant politics instead of working for Kenyans.

“We will know those who work and those who talk,” he said when he addressed residents of Changamwe, Mombasa, on his way to the Moi International Airport.

He reiterated his position that Kenya will gain nothing from a referendum at this point but added that those calling for it have a democratic right to do so.

“I do not want a referendum myself but the Constitution gives them the right to ask for it,” he said in reference to those pushing for a referendum.

The President said there is no need for politicians to constantly engage in political exchanges because elections are over and the next elections are still far.

“Work for the people instead of throwing words at each other every day,” he said.

He called on the opposition to save their energy for 2017 when the next elections will be held.

The President said work on upgrading the Changamwe Airport Road will be commissioned within this year.

“The road works will begin before the end of the year so that locals and visitors to Mombasa can enjoy easier transportation,” he said.

Governors as well as the opposition CORD coalition are haggling for a referendum to debate a number of issues including devolution and insecurity as well as the composition of the electoral commission.

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