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Ruto allies dismiss bipartisan report, say no money for referendum

Members of Parliament allied to President William Ruto have trashed some of the National Dialogue Committee proposals in the report that was released yesterday. The members led by Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro said the proposals will subject the constitution to referendum that will affect the economy of the country.
Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro speaks during a church service at ACK Old Stadium in Embu town. MWINGI TIMES|Brian Musyoka

Speaking during a church service at St Andrew  Old Stadium ACK church in Embu town, they said they won’t allow any contest that will interfere with the growth and stabilization of the economy. Nyoro reflected on the 2003 election and the referendum of 2005 and other elections that preceded saying the activities of those years is a clear indication that there was economic slow down.
‘’I have read the report by the National Dialogue Committee and the way I stated earlier, Kenyans went to election and they completed. Kenya is a democratic country. I am requesting that our country can no longer continue to discuss about which leader will occupy which position’’.

‘’ As for the matters of leadership positions, it’s the wrong time to talk about those things now. Some of the issues they have proposed for them to be actualized they need referendum and we cannot subject Kenya to a contest’’ said Nyoro.

Nyoro who is also the Chairman of the Budget and Appropriations Committee in the National Assembly said some of the demands by the Azimio team was the cost of living to be lowered but laughed at them saying nothing was agreed on the report.
He noted that the cost of Unga was going down due to some interventions that the government had put in place .

Nyoro's  sentiments were echoed by Manyatta member of parliament Gitonga Mukunji who said the Azimio team only targeted the leadership positions and not the fight for Kenyans worsening living conditions. 

Mbeere North MP Geoffrey Ruku also took issue with the National Dialogue  Committee recommendations that he said did not reflect the wishes of many Kenyans to tackle the cost of living.
The agreement on the report that was released yesterday is the creation of the office of Leader of the Opposition, which will be occupied by leader of the party that garnered the second highest number of votes in the presidential election with two deputies and the entrenchment of Prime Cabinet Secretary's office into the Constitution.
The previously sticky issue of ensuring party fidelity was also agreed upon.

The two sides are proposing the creation of an office to oversight party fidelity to be entrenched in the Constitution. The role currently played by office of Registrar of Political Parties.

On electoral justice, the two sides agreed on the audit of 2022 electoral process. Other leaders who were present included Runyenjes Member of Parliament Eric Muchangi ,Embu Woman Representative Njoki Njeru Double N , Embu flamboyant businessman Ken Java among other leaders.


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