In Summary
  • Mr Ruto proposed the creation of an office of the opposition leader to keep the government of the day in check.
  • Last year Mr Kenyatta gave the clearest signal that the country could hold a referendum to scrap the "winner-take-it-all" system of government.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Thursday hinted that a referendum to amend the Constitution could be held this year.

He told politicians still undecided on the need for constitutional change to declare their stand.

“This year is going to be a year of change in this country. We want to look at our governance structures and see what needs to be rectified,” he said.

“We want to change this country, and the change movement is on. Anybody who does not want to move with it will be left behind,” he added.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader was speaking after meeting members of the Kenya Universities Students Organisation (Kuso), led by their matron, Ms Agnes Kagure, at his Capitol Hill office in Nairobi.

WATCHDOG

Mr Odinga spoke days after Deputy President William Ruto opposed the expansion of the Executive and instead proposed the creation of an office of the opposition leader to keep the government of the day in check.

Speaking at Chatham House in London, United Kingdom, last week, Dr Ruto said that it is not proper that the leader of a party that garners the second highest votes in a presidential election ends up with no formal role in the country's governance.

“I further propose that, with the leader of the opposition taking leadership of the opposition in Parliament, the Deputy President should take over the leadership of government business in Parliament. This should be replicated with the deputy governors in the counties,” he said.

The DP also appeared to suggest that a referendum, a boundary review and a general election in the space of five years are not economically viable.

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