, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7 – The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy’s Okoa Kenya Movement Committee of Experts will begin collecting signatures in support of its referendum push next Wednesday.
The committee led by lawyer Paul Mwangi said a programme for collecting the signatures will be unveiled by CORD co-principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetangula on Friday.
“The Committee of Experts of Okoa Kenya Movement mandated with the obligation to lead the movement’s programme to amend the Constitution by popular initiative wishes to announce that the collection of signatures in support of the proposed amendment shall commence next week on August 13.”
“The programme for the launch of the collection process including venue of the first registration exercise shall be announced by the Okoa Kenya political wing tomorrow,” read the statement from the committee.
The Mwangi-led team last week held a meeting with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) because the commission will play a key role at various stages in their proposed referendum.
“Consultations with interested stakeholders continue,” said Mwangi.
The committee which includes lawyer Kethi Kilonzo, former Labour PS Beatrice Kituyi and human rights activist Khelef Khalifa has identified six issues around which the referendum questions shall be formulated.
These include devolution, land and electoral reforms, enhancing security, inclusivity and equality in government appointments and fighting corruption.
CORD called for a referendum during the Saba Saba rally at Uhuru Park on 13 key issues after demands for national dialogue with the government failed.
The outline of the declaration that was read out at the rally by Kakamega County Senator Boni Khalwale, Mombasa County Senator Omar Hassan and Rosemary Kariuki, daughter to the late JM Kariuki, was clear that the electoral commissioners must go home and pave way for new appointments.
Another key pillar of the ‘Uhuru Park Declaration’ is the withdrawal of Kenya Defence Forces from Somalia. The Oppositions wants the soldiers back in the country to ensure that Kenyans are protected from terror groups that have been linked to over 22 attacks.
The Opposition demanded for audit of all civil servant and public employees. They claim that by providing this information it will help Kenyans to know whether public appointments have regional balance as demanded by the constitution.
The Opposition leaders called for the immediate end to corruption, wasteful spending, and reckless borrowing within by Jubilee Government and that the Jubilee administration addresses the escalating cost of living by reviewing the taxation regime.