MOMBASA, Kenya, Oct 8 – Deputy William Ruto is not sincere about his support for a referendum to change the Kenyan Constitution of 2010, Siaya Senator James Orengo has said.
Speaking in Mombasa on Monday, Orengo said Ruto’s remarks that he will only support a change in Constitution if it is not aimed at creating positions for Opposition leaders shows that Ruto is not aware why Kenya needs to amend the document.
“He says he supports (a referenudm) but quickly says he does not support it if the agenda is about creating positions for the Opposition. It has nothing to do with positions; it is about making the systems better. He is not sincere,” said Orengo.
The Siaya Senator said the Deputy President should take a look at the Okoa Bill, which was drafted by the NASA leadership in the run-up to last year’s General Election.
Orengo said NASA had produced a document under the auspices of Okoa Kenya, in which there were a host of recommendations and eventually drafted a Bill for purposes of a referendum, but it frustrated by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Orengo said in that Bill which was developed by Okoa Kenya had a wide range of issues, among them devolution in respect to resources allocation, inclusivity in government appointments, changing the electoral justice and the issue of security in the country.
“We wanted to have counties receiving a higher percentage of resources from the national government. issue two was meritocracy be a basis of appointing people into State jobs, three, we wanted to have a just electoral system by strengthening IEBC and generally the issue of security in our country by having police officers adhere to the Bill of Rights,” said Orengo.
He therefore said the issues being peddled by Ruto are falsehoods.
“Some people are talking about it as if it is a new quest, or something coming from NASA, ODM or Raila Odinga. This debate has been on for a considerable period,” said Orengo.
Over the weekend, the Deputy President made an about turn in opposing the referendum. Ruto said he will support the agenda if it will ease the burden for Kenyans.
Speaking at a fundraiser in Tharaka Nithi County, he maintained he would oppose the changes it was to create a post for ODM leader Raila Odinga.
“We have no problem with the referendum. Our problem is hypocrisy and conman-ship, to tell us the referendum was agreed during the handshake, you are lying to us,” he said.