NAIROBI, Kenya, July 24 – Interior Cabinet secretary Joseph ole Lenku has warned that signatures to be used for CORD’s referendum push are being collected from Kenyans under pretext they will be allocated land.
In a statement sent to newsrooms on Thursday, Lenku said preliminary investigations shows that Kenyans are being deceived to give their signatures in various parts of the country.
“These reports indicate that these individuals are going around asking and urging Kenyans to append their names, ID numbers and signatures to a register that will purportedly be used as a basis for allocation of land,” he claimed.
“My office has received credible reports that some individuals are engaged in a dubious scheme of duping Kenyans about a government plan to issue free land in various parts of the country such as Moi’s Bridge and Nakuru.”
The CS cautioned members of the public that the signatures may be used for extorting money and other favours.
“The registration activity is illegal, and Kenyans should desist from signing any document or appending their particulars for unclear objectives,” he appealed.
He said the process of acquiring land is well outlined in the Constitution, “and the institutions responsible for this activity are the relevant organs of the State at national and county levels.”
“Our investigations of these activities indicate that the collection of names and signatures is intended to serve political objectives of secretly collecting signatures for the referendum from unsuspecting Kenyans.”
He warned that those involved should, “cease these illegal undertakings immediately otherwise they shall be apprehended and dealt with in accordance with the law.”
CORD led by its leader Raila Odinga are required to collect a million signatures for the referendum which they says will address issues the country is ailing from.
Among the issue they want addressed is the disbandment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, insecurity and devolution.
A team of CORD experts has already been formed to guide the process.
CORD’s Communication Director Philip Etale immediately slammed the claims saying CORD does not own any land.
“The Government just wants to cause unnecessary anxiety because of the issue of referendum which is inevitable anyway,” Etale said.
“That is just a fallacy and height of ignorance on the side of the Cabinet secretary.”