Ruto rubishes governor Mutua’s referendum call

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Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday rubbished calls by the Machakos County governor Dr. Alfred Mutua pushing for constitutional amendments that seek to create more political positions.

While addressing the public at Kapkatet Primary School in Kericho during Bureti MP Japheth Kiptergech’s thanksgiving, the DP argued that the suggestions by the Machakos county boss together with his kakamega’s counterpart Wycliffe Oparanya were selfish and short sighted adding that they would only benefit a few individuals.

“We can’t waste close to Sh20 billion conducting a referendum in an a bid to benefit two or three people and satisfy their ego. Yes, they may get the job but what of millions of jobless Kenyans?”
Ruto posed.
The Deputy President further noted that with the country having just concluded the general elections, it was advisable that the leaders focus on development, rather than subjecting the citizens to endless voting processes.

“We are focusing our energy on bettering the lives of the people and realizing healthy, equitable development, mainly through the Big Four. The clamor for power and jostling for positions is short sighted,” the DP said.

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Governors Alfred mutua and Wycliffe Oparanya had suggested that the positions of Prime Minister and two deputy prime ministers be re-introduced in the constitution.

“Kenyan politics is do-or-die, because when a leader fails to clinch a seat they become irrelevant. Let us expand our constitution, let us create more positions like Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and many others to accommodate various leaders so that it does not become do or die, ” mutua said during an address on his first day of a bench-marking tour of Kakamega County.

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