, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 17 – The government has launched a secretariat for the Yes Constitution campaign team, and stated that “the passage of the new law is a government project.”
Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Monday said the delivery of a new Constitution was part of the Agenda Four which is the driving force of the grand coalition government. Mr Odinga said the government would work tirelessly to ensure success in the August 4 referendum.
“Let it be known that this a project the government has a major stake in and we are not apologising,” said the PM.
Mr Odinga unveiled the Yes secretariat that will be led by PNU strategist Peter Kagwanja and ODM Executive Director Janet Ongera and backed by a think-tank of professionals. The two organs will be complemented by a political wing to be convened by party secretary generals Anyang Nyong’o (ODM) and Kiraitu Murungi (PNU).
“We shall have offices for different purposes. We shall have an operation centre, a location where our civil service will be working and the think tank base,” said the PM.
The launch of the secretariat came as a move to assure that the Yes camp is united despite reports of division after a shaky start at the launch rally last Saturday. Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka who claimed Mr Odinga organised his supporters to heckle him during the Uhuru Park rally said ‘his people’ had resolved that parallel Yes rallies was the best way forward.
Mr Odinga however ruled out parallel rallies and said there was no division within his camp. He regretted Saturday’s incident saying it was uncalled for and clarified that it was not planned.
“We will indeed conduct our campaigns as one team, but political parties wishing to conduct their campaigns separately are also free do so since their campaigns will be incorporated in the wider Yes campaign programme,” he said
Elsewhere, Narc Kenya chairperson Martha Karua announced that her party would go it alone during the Yes campaigns for the proposed Constitution. She said this would ensure that the party takes responsibility for its individual actions and utterances unlike when it is lumped together with other groups.
Speaking in Nakuru, Ms Karua who was accompanied by party Secretary General Danson Mungatana said Narc-Kenya would traverse the country campaigning for the proposed law.
A referendum is scheduled for August 4. The symbols are Green for Yes and Red for No.