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Aukot reacts on Raila’s call for refurendum

Former presidential candidate Dr.Ekuro Aukot

Former presidential candidate Dr. Ekuro Aukot has opposed Raila’s call for a referendum saying it is expensive to fund as Kenyans are experiencing high living cost.

This is after the 14-member Building Bridges initiative team submitted its report a week ago recommending for a referendum.

Aukot of the Third Way Alliance said Raila intends to create top leadership positions for the NASA co-principals.

He said his party, kickstarted the push based on seven pillars with an intention of lowering the cost of living by reducing the wage bill.

“This is one of the agenda of building bridges so that the NASA co-principals get powerful positions in government. I’m yet to comprehend Raila’s intention of calling for referendum,” Aukot said.

“What exactly is Raila pushing for in the first place? He just wants to be included in government.”

The NASA leader Rails Odinga has been insisting for a referendum saying the amendments would be in line with his handshake deal with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Raila said the handshake targeted changes are meant to fix some of the longstanding issues, which the Constitution, in its present provisions, cannot solve.

“We agreed with the President that as soon as the task force finishes collecting views across the country, the buck will stop with the people through another vote,” Raila said.

The Building Bridges Initiative team was gazetted on May 31 and was tasked to, among others, evaluate the national challenges and make practical recommendations and reform proposals that would lead to a law change through a referendum.

The team comprises Agnes Kavindu, Senator Amos Wako, Prof. Adams Oloo, Florence Omose, Saeed Mwanguni, James Matundura and Major (Rtd) John Seii.

Others are Bishop Lawi Imathiu, Maison Leshomo, Senator Yusuf Haji, Morompi ole Ronkai, Bishop Peter Njenga, Rose Moseu and Archbishop Zecheus Okoth. Ambassador Martin Kimani and Paul Mwangi are joint secretaries.

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