– Mudavadi said the country should be focused on other issues rather than a referendum
– He becomes the latest leader to reject calls for a proposed referendum which are being spearheaded by Raila Odinga
– Kalonzo Musyoka on Sunday, September 30 also vowed to reject a referendum
Amani National Congres party leader Musalia Mudavadi has joined the long list of leaders who are strongly against a proposed referendum to relook at the 2010 Constitution.
Even as calls to amend the constitution continue to dominate a heated public debate, a section of leaders felt the move to call for a referendum is not only ill-timed, but was also likely to spell more doom for a country which was struggling already.
Mudavadi, on Sunday, September 30 shared similar sentiments as he explained that a constitutional amendment should not be the prime agenda of the country at the moment.
“We cannot subject Kenyans to a referendum when they are at their most vulnerable situation, this shall not be objective. We must first address the issues ailing the country then we go into a referendum to amend clauses of the constitution that need amending,” he explained.
According to the ANC boss, a referendum would merely act as a diversion tactic from the main issue at hand which is the economic turmoil the country is facing.
“We should not be diverted from the fact that the economy is not doing well. The issues of the economy must be addressed by all Kenyans, both in government and in the opposition,” he went on.
The issue of a referendum is one which has divided opinions with ODM party leader Raila Odinga being the most vocal figure who is advocating for a constitutional amendment.
Raila urged Kenyans to prepare for a major change in the constitution before the next general election in 2022.
However, despite Raila, who is seemingly in line with the government, saying a referendum is inevitable, a row over the same is looming as his former running mate Kalonzo Musyoka has also vowed to push for the resistance of any amendments, at least for now.
“When the time for the debate on the amendment of the Constitution comes, I will stand and oppose any attempts to erode the benefits of devolution,” Kalonzo spoke at Our Lady of Rosary Catholic Church in Mua Hills, Machakos County.
While some leaders have argued that an ammendment will facilitate the freeing up of national funds, Kalonzo remained adamant the economy was straining simply because of the rampant spells of corruption.
“If we recover all the monies held in in foreign bank accounts belonging to corrupt leaders, we may achieve a lot,” he went on
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