On Raila Odinga News today call for a referendum next year has split politicians down the middle.
Odinga made the call for the referendum last weekend, saying that it would be a good idea to hold a referendum after the 14-member Building Bridges Initiative team submits its report to him and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Politicians who have supported the ODM leader’s suggestion include Majority Whip Benjamin Washiali, and National Assembly minority leader John Mbadi.
Speaking from the United States where he has accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta to the 73rd United Nations General Assembly Summit, Washiali said that the time is ripe for Kenyans to do away with the current winner-takes-it all political system.
“The truth is that the current constitution is very expensive to fund,” Washiali was quoted as saying by the Star newspaper. He added that blotted leadership in the country needs to be assessed, while also streamlining functions of the National and Country Governments.
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Also in support of Raila’s proposal is John Mbadi, who is of the belief that the current constitution is placing a heavy and unnecessary burden on Kenyans.
He added that while most Kenyans agree that the government is too big, or that there are too many lawmakers, no one has dared to point out that the country needs amendments to the constitution.
On more on Raila Odinga News today, nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi supported Raila Odinga, saying that the country needs a referendum on the structure of government, devolution, and the separation of powers.
However, a number of politicians have rubbished Mr. Odinga’s sentiments. Among the most vocal opponents is Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa, who termed baseless Raila’s calls for a constitutional referendum.
According to the MP, who is allied to Deputy President William Ruto, Raila Odinga wants to create powerful positions for “some individuals.”
On Raila Odinga News today, he added that what Kenyans need right now is to have the cost of living lowered, not a referendum.
Former Presidential hopeful Dr. Ekuru Aukot accused Raila of trying to create top leadership positions for his co-Principals in the NASA alliance.