RAILA’s CORD Senators left alone after Jubilee drops their bid for referendum and support UHURUTO!Politics 08:05
Tuesday June 18, 2013 - President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto seemed to have played their cards well over the weekend, after a good number of Senators from the Jubilee alliance abandoned their demands of collecting 1 million signatures to seek referendum over devolution.
Led by Leader of Majority in the Senate Prof Kithure Kindiki the Senators said they cannot betray their leaders (Uhuru and Ruto) in joining their rivals to tarnish the good name of the Jubilee Government.
They said although they dropped their demands, they will still soldier on with their campaigns to get their rightful legislative place on all matters involving devolved Governments.
The Senators also said they will look for good avenues that will address the contentious issues without touching the Jubilee government, since if they do so, CORD orphans will get a good podium of attacking the government.
“The (minority) Cord Coalition has accused the Executive of being keen on frustrating devolution and there is fear that by going the referendum way, we could be presenting them with an opportunity to hit at the Government,” one of the Senators from Rift Valley said.
“We were united in pushing for the amendment but we have decided to take a back seat and give dialogue a chance. We don’t want a situation where the issue (of devolution) will be used to fight the government,” the Senator added.
By Monday evening, a good numbers of Senators from Jubilee alliance had dropped their demands on the referendum saying they do not want to betray their Government.
The Kenyan DAILY POST