In Summary
  • Jubilee secretary-general Raphael Tuju Tuesday told Nation that the party will only support a referendum backed by the views of Kenyans.
  • He said the party was fully behind the BBI which he noted was an initiative of the government.

  • Edwin Sifuna, the ODM Secretary General argues that Aukot-led party did not collect views from Kenyans before drafting the bill.

The President’s party has rejected Thirdway Alliance’s Punguza Mizigo referendum bill and joined the opposition in rooting for the Building Bridges Initiative task force report.

Jubilee secretary-general Raphael Tuju Tuesday told Nation that the party will only support a referendum backed by the views of Kenyans.

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He said the party was fully behind the BBI which he noted was an initiative of the government.

“The BBI is an initiative of our party leader — President Uhuru Kenyatta — together with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and is even funded by the government.

“It’s a little bit stretching for us to have an initiative initiated by the government and our party leader and to be preoccupied in any way with a parallel initiative,” Mr Tuju said.

Meanwhile, a Deputy President William Ruto’s ally and a key member of the Tanga Tanga group has also thrown his weight behind the BBI in what could be the last straw on the Punguza Mizigo initiative.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale had a change of political heart and now supports constitutional reforms that will lead to change of the national executive structure.

In his road to Damascus moment, Mr Duale says the country should abandon the “divisive and explosive” presidential system for the Parliamentary system with an executive Prime Minister in charge of running the affairs of the government.

In an interview with the Nation Tuesday, Mr Duale strongly rooted for the Parliamentary system of government arguing that it was the only way to heal the deep ethnic divisions in the country and ensure equity and inclusivity as proposed by President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga in the March 9, 2018, handshake.

“It’s the Parliamentary system where the masses can access equity and inclusivity in terms of education, economic power and political power,” he said yesterday, promising to rally the pastoralist community in endorsing the referendum to change the constitution before the 2022 General Election.

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Mr Tuju said the party cannot therefore in any way support the initiative by Dr Ekuru Aukot.

“The Punguza Mizigo initiative is their fish, let them fry it,” he said.

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