Kenyans should prepare for a referendum in the coming days, Guthunguri Member of Parliament Gathoni Wamuchomba has said.
This comes at a time when a number of constitutional changes are being pursued, including creation of the Prime Minister's position and that of the Official Leader of Opposition.
Wamuchomba, who belongs to the ruling Kenya Kwanza side, says that this is indeed a constitutional moment for Kenya and a referendum is inevitable to bring to life the two positions.
She has announced that she will be taking advantage of the situation to have all the revenue allocation formula proposals included in the debate, with the hope of having the 'one man, one vote, one shilling policy be introduced.
"It is a constitutional moment for the country and a referendum is inevitable; the five proposals seeking to entrench a revenue formula based on population will be discussed together with that of introduction of the prime minister’s office,” the parliamentarian has told the Sunday Standard.
Lawyers have concurred that a referendum is the only way out for Kenya Kwanza with regards to the changes, saying that it will alter the governance structure and Kenyans must be involved.
Lawyer Bob Mkangi says that this must be done through the ballot, as former NCIC commissioner Gitile Naituli says that Kenya Kwanza is hiding behind the Prime Minister proposal to hide what it has already done.
For him, the position is already there, through Musalia Mudavadi's Prime Cabinet Secretary post, and Kenya Kwanza is only trying to legitimise it through the proposed change of name.
“The Constitution has not provided for the office of the prime minister but the Kenya Kwanza administration introduced the position and named it Prime Cabinet Secretary,” the Multimedia University don has told the paper.
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