In Summary
  • Dr Amollo said the DP was simply expressing his opposition to a referendum.
  • Wiper vice chairman Mutula Kilonzo Jnr said the concerns raised around the census, boundaries review and referendum are valid.

Nasa legislators on Sunday told off Deputy President William Ruto over his ‘anti-referendum’ talk at Chatham House in the United Kingdom.

The leaders said Dr Ruto was “insincere” after he raised reservations about the referendum push.

“Do we have the resources to do the census this year, a boundary review next year, an election in 2022 and a referendum in between? Is it reasonable? Let us put these questions into context,” Dr Ruto posed during his address in London.

However, his sentiments did not go down well with Opposition leaders who branded him an “enemy of inclusivity”.

But the DP, through his press secretary David Mugonyi, said the leaders are free to say whatever they wanted. “We are in a free country,” Mr Mugonyi told the Nation.

INCLUSIVITY

ODM national chairman John Mbadi, secretary-general Edwin Sifuna, his Ford Kenya counterpart Eseli Simiyu, MPs Otiende Amollo (ODM, Rarieda) and Godfrey Osotsi (ANC, nominated) launched the onslaught against Dr Ruto.

“I don’t think the question of a referendum is a matter of debate now. Whoever is still raising issues on whether we should have a referendum is living in his own world. The DP is completely out of touch with reality in the country,” Mr Mbadi said.

The cost of a referendum, he said, will not derail efforts to unite the country.

“Matters of inclusivity are more important than the cost of a referendum. What the DP needs to do is join other Kenyans in fighting graft so that we have enough money for a referendum. We will have enough money by reducing wastage and pilferage of public funds,” the Suba South MP said.

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