We Are Fully Behind Move To Change Constitution, Clerics Now Say

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Leader Raila Odinga./COURTESY

    Country’s religious leaders have vowed to throw their weight behind the  push to have country go for referendum saying this will ensure the nation is united.A number of political leaders including ODM leader Raila Odinga have made several proposals that  constitution should be amended so as to kill the winner takes it all kind of politics, and encourage inclusivity in government.

    Speaking in Elgeyo Marakwet county, the religious leaders proposed additional seats within the executive, while also giving a suggestion that the number of senators and members of the National Assembly reduced in order to cut cost, and make the burden lighter to the common mwananchi.

    “We propose constitutional amendments to reduce representation at the National Assembly and the Senate. We urge Parliament and particularly the male legislators to support efforts towards attaining gender parity,” the clerics said in a statement read by Macrina Cheruto, the chairperson of Elgeyo Marakwet County Dialogue Reference Group.

    Also, Women Representative position will be axed according to the religious group’s proposal.They say the government should look for another way to empower women in political leadership positions, without adding additional elective seats which only duplicate functions.

    The religious leaders’ group comprising Inter-Religious Council of Kenya, National Council of Churches of Kenya, the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and civil society groups will soon present their referendum proposals to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

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