Migori senatorial campaign gears to referendum push


ODM leader Raila Odinga. Photo/File

Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga says referendum on change of 2010 Constitution is inevitable.

Speaking in Rongo, Migori County, during the campaigns for the party Senate candidate Ochillo Ayacko, Raila said no one can oppose an idea whose time has come.

“The Building Bridges taskforce has begun work and they will move around the country to collect views from Kenyans. We want to fix our problems once and for all.”

He explained that his handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta is meant to address long-term issues that have affected socio-economic development for decades.

Mr Odinga campainging a senatorial seat for Ochillo Ayacko, a by-election scheduled on October 8 following the death of senator Ben Oluch in June 19.

The by-election attracted four candidates with Ayacko receiving stiff competition from Mr Eddy Oketch of the Federal Party of Kenya who has deployed a chopper in his campaigns.

The by-election is scheduled for Monday, October 8.

Calls for a referendum to reduce the number of elected representatives in the country has divided political leaders in the country with MPs allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta backing the plebiscite push that is opposed by his deputy William Ruto.

Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen has dismissed calls for referendum to change the Constitution to a parliamentary system of government saying that it was only meant to benefit an individual. However Murkomen said he supported change of the constitution to reduce baggage on Mwananchi.

Last week, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale opposed the proposal to have a referendum to alter Kenya’s political landscape.

“Jubilee Party will not be involved in the debate about reducing the number of electoral seats until it gets direction from President Uhuru Kenyatta. Our prime focus is on the Big Four Agenda,” Mr Duale said.