In Summary
  • The Bungoma senator on Friday accused the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) team of delaying to come up with a blueprint that would give the country direction.
  • Mr Wetang’ula said a referendum should be conducted by next year so that inclusivity is entrenched as part of efforts for cohesion.
  • He further warned that a presidential system will cause the country to continue "living in the nightmare of a winner-takes-all political system, which imposes exclusivity and causes havoc in every electoral cycle".
  • The Ford Kenya boss also said devolution must be strengthened through allocation of more money to counties.

Kenya could face turmoil if the 2022 general election is conducted under the current constitutional framework, Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetang'ula has warned.

The Bungoma senator this on Friday, accusing the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) team of delaying to come up with a blueprint that would give the country direction.

“Many of us are expecting a culmination into a referendum. We expect the taskforce to act with haste.," he said during a funeral in Siaya County.

"If let issues of change drag close to the next election, we shall muddy the water and lose the big picture."

REFERENDUM

Mr Wetang’ula said a referendum should be conducted by next year so that inclusivity is entrenched as part of efforts for cohesion.

“The referendum should answer two questions - do we want the country to be governed through a presidential system or do we want to be governed through a parliamentary system?"

The politician noted that his party decided to support a parliamentary system that is more responsive, accountable and inclusive, and, above all, able to help Kenyans move forward.

“If Kenyans agree to go back to the parliamentary system, the rest will just fix cogs in the wheel, which is not difficult to do,” he said.

PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM

Mr Wetang'ula further warned that a presidential system will cause the country to continue "living in the nightmare of a winner-takes-all political system, which imposes exclusivity and causes havoc in every electoral cycle".

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