Wednesday August 14, 2019 - Senate Majority Leader, Kipchumba Murkomen, has backed calls to have a referendum before 2022 polls, in what could be a change of tactic by DP William Ruto.

This comes after National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale, also supported calls to hold a referendum before 2022 polls.

Both Duale and the Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator are staunch supporters of DP William Ruto, who had expressed reservations about the constitutional changes.

"Referendum should happen before 2022 based on the 'handshake' so that it creates an element of inclusivity, reduce divisive politics that slows economic growth and destruction of properties after every five years due to post election violence," Duale said.

"Let’s do it Aden. Well Spoken!" added Murkmen, although it's not clear whether he was satirical or real over the referendum calls.

For months now, Ruto has blown hot and cold on calls to have a plebiscite, raising doubts about his commitment to support the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

The new twist could be a big boost to proponents of the referendum, who have been calling for changes after the disputed 2017 polls that left a couple of people dead.


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