Kenya has continued to lag behind because of graft and not lack of positions in government, former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama has said.

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In an interview with NTV on Tuesday, Muthama said that there are many regions that are underdeveloped despite having leaders in power. 

He cited Ukambani, Kiambu, Nyeri, and Baringo among the regions where residents are still facing problems despite their leaders holding powerful positions. 

Muthama said that he doesn't see any sense in the referendum, adding that leaders rooting for the same lack the will of Kenyans at heart.

"The problem facing the country today is not the positions of leadership. I come from Ukambani, we have many ministers from Ukambani. Ukambani is still the same. You go to Kiambu where President Uhuru comes from and we saw a mudded school being shown that has been there for years. That the school is still looking the same. You go to Nyeri, where Kibaki comes from, Go to Baringo where Moi comes from," he said in a video shared on YouTube. 

The former Senator also said that funds meant for the referendum should be given to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Nordin Haji.

“What I am saying is this, we need to give the money we are going to spend in the referendum to DPP Haji. The young man has shown he can work. So his office should be funded to do more than what he is doing today, Muthama noted.

He also urged leaders to back Haji in the crackdown against corruption in different government dockets.