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Moses Kuria ‘reveals’ motive behind Uhuru, Raila handshake

Metet Ambrose
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Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria during a past event. [Source/ Moses Kuria]

The famous March 9, 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition chief Raila Odinga continues to elicit mixed reactions among politicians in the country.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has now claimed that Raila is using the handshake to push for the country to hold a referendum.

In a post on his official Facebook account on Thursday, Kuria argued that Raila wants the country to adopt the parliamentary system of governance where the prime minister will be elected by members of parliament.

"My good friend Jakom Raila Odinga is Live on Kameme FM 101.1 selling his parliamentary system. It is very clear the handshake was all about a parliamentary system where the CEO of this country will be elected by MPs and not by you the voter. Now you know," read Kuria's post.

The vocal MP is pushing for a referendum that will see the executive expanded through the creation of the prime minister post and two deputies.

In Kuria's proposal to the Building Bridges Initiative, the prime minister will be a member of the National Assembly either through an election or nomination.

A section of leaders from the Mt Kenya region led by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung'wah has opposed the parliamentary system on grounds that the region is disproportionately represented in the National Assembly. 

Raila is rooting for a hybrid between presidential and parliamentary systems which will lead to the creation of the office of the executive prime minister who will be the leader of government business in the National Assembly.


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