MP Allied to DP Ruto Asks President Uhuru to Declare Stand on Referendum

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta with DP William Ruto and Opposition leader Raila Odinga arriving in Kisii Twitter
  • Kitutu Chache legislator Richard Onyonka put President Uhuru Kenyatta on the spot regarding his stand in the calls for a Constitution referendum during the President’s visit of Kisii region on Wednesday.

    The MP implored the president in a direct manner to give a straight directive over the matter that has many in the country engaged in discussions.

    It is also somewhat clear that the president and his deputy seem to send divergent signals of opinion over the subject matter.

    Kitutu Chache MP Richard Onyonka

    Speculation has it that the president is on one camp together with opposition leader Raila Odinga and the DP is on another opposing camp in relation to matters of the referendum.

    The MP stated, "Your Excellency I am the chairman of the Tanga Tanga movement here in Kisii. Today I want you to tell us what you want."

    "Do you want a referendum or not? We don't want this confusion where the DP is saying this and you saying that. Tell us," he added.

    This happened only a day after Odinga indicated agreement with DP Ruto over the involvement of ministers in parliament business.

    On Tuesday, the ODM leader agreed with DP Ruto that cabinet ministers should sit in parliament as a step towards the achievement of constitutional reform in the country for purposes of fostering accountability and good governance.

    The President visited the region to oversee the launch of development projects. The focus was on health and medical projects for the locals, most notably the Ksh2.25 billion Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Centre.

    He was accompanied by both the DP and Raila. All of the leaders spoke on the need for uniting Kenyans during the visit.

    The president was welcomed by Kisii Governor James Ongwae even as the appearance of Chief Justice David Maraga brought about mixed reactions.  

    President Kenyatta received by Governor Ongwae in Kisii