Outspoken Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen on Saturday said he’s ready to lead the “NO” camp if the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) referendum will be divisive.
Taking to Twitter, Murkomen said should the referendum take away resources from the people or threaten devolution, he will oppose it.
“If the BBI referendum will mirror the divisive agenda we have witnessed in the Senate, if it shall be reversing the gains on devolution or increasing layers of governance or taking services far from the people, I will oppose it and I am ready to lead the no campaigns,”he stated.
With calls for a constitutional change in Kenya getting momentum, cracks are emerging within the political class and those in government.
Kenya on Thursday, August 27, marked the 10th anniversary since the 2010 Constitution was promulgated with President Uhuru Kenyatta declaring time was ripe for a new dawn.
“Ten years later, the moment to improve on it is now. We must treat a constitution as a living document that must constantly adjust to emerging realities,” he said.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga, a fierce defender of the Building Bridges Initiative which lay out the road map for referendum.
Raila said the new changes will see an entirely different government structure and expansion of the Executive that has a president, prime minister and deputy president.
“Other countries like Tanzania and France have this model and it serves them well. A president should not be going to parliament all the time but a prime minister can go to the National Assembly to answer questions on government programmes,”he said.
In addition, the change proponents will also seek to trim the number of counties from the current 47 to 18 with 73 administrative units, Raila believes this will not be expensive.
“Let us have a maximum of 18 counties, much like the Bomas Draft which had between 14 and 18 and 73 administrative units. This will save Kenya some funds contrary to the propaganda of those opposed to reviewing the law. Let us have a proper working structure that serves us well,” he added.
Reacting the comments, Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen vehemently opposed creation of new Executive positions and reduction of the devolved units. The former Senate majority leader said should Uhuru and Raila introduce the three tier-government structure, he will lead the no campaign to shoot down the proposals.