FKE opposed to national referendum calls

September 26, 2014 10:25 am
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CORD leader Raila Odinga and Council of Governors Chairman Isaac Ruto are pushing for national referendums over mismanagement and threat on devolution. Photo/FILE.
CORD leader Raila Odinga and Council of Governors Chairman Isaac Ruto are pushing for national referendums over mismanagement and threat on devolution. Photo/FILE.
NAIROBI, Kenya Sept 26 – The Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) on Friday announced that it is opposed to the national referendum calls by governors and CORD.

The employers’ body has sounded an alarm over the volatile political environment in the country which, it says, is likely to dent the existing investor confidence.

FKE’s Executive Director Jacqueline Mugo who addressed a news conference is urging the government to seek alternative means of handling the issues raised by CORD and Governors, as opposed to a referendum.

“The government should therefore adopt the participatory spirit that went into the development and adoption of the Constitution in August 2010 to address any problems that emerge at this tender stage,” she said after a meeting of the FKE Board.

Governors and CORD are separately pushing to have a national referendum to guarantee increased funds to counties among other governance issues.

Although CORD and governors insist they are not working together in the initiatives, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto are convinced that they working together in the background.

FKE has appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to take the grievances raised by the two groups and find lasting solutions.

“Employers also wish to appeal to His Excellency the President not to be quick to dismiss grievances and complaints that may emerge owing to the governance structures but embrace them and lead all Kenyans to the better Kenya we all aspire to irrespective of ideological or political differences,” she said.

She said the country’s economic recovery plan was on course but warned it could be ruined with a charged political environment.

“Kenya is on the right path to economic prosperity and whilst devolution is also set to transform the outlook of Kenya, this depends on how we are quickly able to get all structures working effectively and ensure that time and resources are not wasted on unnecessary sideshows” the FKE boss warned.

FKE also urged the national and county government as well as the opposition to properly gauge the effects of the plebiscite to the already high cost of doing business in Kenya.

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