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Revealed: Why Garissa leaders are against referendum push

Benard Ramoka
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Governor Ali Korane after a consultative meeting with the Building Bridges Committee on Thursday. [Source/Ali Korane]

A section of Garissa leaders has opposed push for constitutional referendum.

Led by Governor Ali Korane, the leaders say referendum is not a priority. 

The leaders claim it is too early to amend the 2010 constitution.

Speaking in Garissa during a meeting with the Building Bridges Committee, Korane said the committee’s focus should be on uniting the country and not referendum.

He stated that unity and inclusivity is what matters to Kenyans now.

“We are not comfortable with the idea of referendum right now because it is not a priority to Kenyans,” the Jubilee governor said.

Korane noted that referendum can come at a later stage when the country is united.

The governor claimed that some politicians are championing for a referendum in order to fulfill their own interests.

He warned that rushing to amend the 2010 constitution without clear consultations would be disastrous.

Korane also opposed plans to reduce the number of counties.

Ijara MP Sophia Abdi Noor who attended the meeting said, “Our focus should be unity, referendum and other sideshows can come later".

Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji who co-chairs the committee denied claims that it is only focusing on referendum.

He said the committee will present its report to President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga in May.

Haji co-chairs the committee with Busia Senator Amos Wako.

The committee came into existence after the famous handshake between President Kenyatta and Raila.

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