In Summary
  • Mr Atwoli said on Saturday that a Constitution review is a must since it’s the only way to ensure inclusivity in government.
  • He further said it was improper to have a Constitution under which the winner wins takes all.
  • The Cotu boss criticised Deputy President William Ruto for opposing the referendum quest, saying he was confusing Kenyans.

Trade unions boss Francis Atwoli has advised Kenyans to support the push for a referendum before the 2022 general elections for the sake of peace and stability.

Mr Atwoli, Secretary-General of the Central Organization of Trade Unions (Cotu), said on Saturday that a Constitution review is a must since it’s the only way to ensure inclusivity in government.

He further said it was improper to have a Constitution under which the winner wins takes all.

The Cotu boss criticised Deputy President William Ruto for opposing the quest, saying he was confusing Kenyans.

In February, the DP questioned the necessity of a referendum as the country plans an expensive census and boundary review before the next polls.

“Do we have the resources to do 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,” he said at Chatham House in London.

'NO RUTO'

Mr Atwoli further told 'team tanga tanga', led by the Deputy President, to stop wasting time and resources campaigning for the presidency "since their names will feature nowhere".

“I assure you that by next year, we will be going for a referendum. Let’s support it so that by the time of the election, we have a revised Constitution that will promote inclusivity and general peace in the country," he said.

"I assure you that after the election, Mr Hassan Joho will be in the list of those to form the new government that will provide five key slots. In the list however, you won’t see any one by the name of William Ruto taking any position, be it President, Deputy President, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister [or any other]. The only people you will see are those standing for justice.”

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