, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22 – Council of Governors Chairman Isaac Ruto is now blaming the government for failing to dialogue with them to avert the referendum which they are agitating for.
Ruto admits that most of the issues they are raising do not necessarily require a referendum to resolve, “but they have been pushed to the wall” and a popular vote is the only solution.
“Most of the issues we are raising do not belong to the referendum. When we try to negotiate with the national government they tell us no, so what do we do? Our only option is to go for a referendum; if they could agree there would be no need for a referendum. But when they say no, then we take it to Kenyans,” the Bomet Governor said.
Ruto further said the national government had delegated functions to them but retained resources, making it impossible for them to operate, especially paying salaries to staff.
Last month saw doctors and nurses from various counties go on strike over delayed payments of their salaries, some running into months.
On his part, former Committee of Experts on Constitution Review Secretary Ekuru Aukot reiterated the sentiments of the Bomet Governor, saying no constitutional amendment can reduce the cost of living and urged the national government to hold talks with the parties calling for a plebiscite.
“Is this a case of personalising the constitution that if it’s not about what I believe in… that if it’s not my way, then hit the highway; If your house is leaking somewhere, do you all of a sudden say you are going to construct the whole of it or am I going to do something about it?” posed Aukot.