, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 31- Deputy President William Ruto has asked Kenyans to reject the push for a referendum to change the Constitution.
He said the country must avoid the mistakes that allowed the former independence Constitution to be mutilated to the document that no longer served Kenyans but placed power at one centre.
“Don’t to be concerned by those people who don’t know how to plan, to unite and don’t know how to build. There only claim to fame is in taking demolishing and taking things and that is why you are hearing them calling for the amendments to the Constitution,” Ruto said when he attended a church service at the St Dominic Church in Mwiki.
“We are saying we are not going to amend the Constitution to suit the interests of one person or a group.”
He accused CORD leader Raila Odinga of pushing the plebiscite to ensure he remains relevant in the public scene after he lost the 2013 presidential election.
The DP claimed that the former Premier was trying to change the system of government from a presidential to a parliamentary system.
“They are telling us that they want to amend the constitution so that they can have a parliamentary system, so that the President is not elected by the citizens but by Members of Parliament because they have realised that they cannot win the public support.”
Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki urged the opposition to wait until next year when the CIC will be dissolved and will be expected to prepare a report analysing the challenges of the full implementation of the Constitution.
“Yesterday they told us they need a referendum because they want to test their political strength and immediately the referendum results is announced –if they win- they will ask for a general election,” Kindiki said.
“So it is every clear now that this thing is not about the Katiba (Constitution), it is about politics and for that reason the people of Kenya must say no.”
The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) and Council of Governors are separately pushing for a referendum that aims at among other issues, increasing the amount of resources allocated to county governments.