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Ruto declares support for Raila on referendum push

Deputy President William Ruto. Photo/Courtesy

Deputy President William Ruto has decided to back Raila’s push for a referendum although he has been criticizing the move.

Ruto said last week the push 2010 constitutional amendments was motivated by selfish interest.
He now wants the date for the referendum to be set.

“We have no problem with the referendum. Our problem is hypocrisy and conman-ship, to tell us the referendum was agreed during the handshake, you are lying to us,” he said.

Ruto was speaking at fundraiser in Tharaka Nithi County and however maintained he would oppose the changes aimed at creating a post for ODM leader Raila Odinga.

The calls to change the constitution has been strongly advocated Raila Odinga, especially on the structure of government and over representation.

Some of the proposed changes
West Mugirango MP Vincent Mogaka and his Ndia colleague George Kariuki seek to reduce the number of Cabinet secretaries from the current maximum of 22 to 12, and counties from the current 47 to 12.

Thirdway Alliance party under 2017 presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot also wants the number of MPs reduced to 194, down from the current 416 members in both the National Assembly and Senate.

Evangelical Alliance of Kenya (EAK) clerics want the number of counties reduced and they be headed by a provincial governor.

Tiaty MP William Kamket (Kanu) proposes creating the position of an executive prime minister as head of Government, scrapping the position of deputy president and establishing two deputy prime minister posts.

The proposal further seeks to limit a president to a one seven-year term in office – from the current two five-year terms – and have the holder preside over ceremonial functions.

This is a s Soy MP Caleb Kositany wants the Senate as well the positions of nominated MP and MCA scrapped to address the increased wage bill.

Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa that seeks to change the election date. His Bill proposes moving the General Election from the second Tuesday of August every fifth year to the third Monday of December.

ODM leader Raila Odinga on the other hand has proposed the introduction of a three-tier system; a National Government, 14 regional blocks and 47 counties.