National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has hit out at Central Organisation of Trade Union (Cotu) Secretary General Francis Atwoli accusing him of allegedly forcing referendum to Kenyans.

Duale says that Atwoli should stop bothering Kenyans with his referendum rhetorics.

Speaking when he led a Madrassa fundraiser at Ngombeni, Kilifi County on Sunday, Duale said that Atwoli cannot force Kenyans to a referendum.

The Garissa lawmaker said that it is not a must for the country to have a referendum, adding that the trade unionist boss should give Kenyans a break.

"We are tired of hearing the referendum song from Atwoli and he should give us a break," Duale said during the event that was streamed live on Nation Digital.

Duale asked Atwoli to follow the due process if he wants to initiate a referendum instead of making noise about it.

The Garissa Town MP said that Kenyans will not be forced to make constitutional changes they don't want.

Duale at the same time alleged plans by some forces to reduce the number of constituencies and merge some countues in the quest for referendum.

"We are aware that they are planning to scrap the Kadhis court and also merge counties, but we will not allow them to do that," the vocal Garissa legislator said.

Duale added that referendum must be for the good of Kenyans and not a ploy to satisfy the interests of selfish political brokers.

On Saturday during a fundraiser for Lamu women sacco at Mkunguni Square, Atwoli said that referendum is unstoppable.

He asked Kenyans to get ready for the plebscite either this year or early next year.

Atwoli is advocating for a parliamentary system with Prime Minister's position and two deputies.