Nakuru governor ban referendum campaigns in the county

Nakuru county governor Kinuthia Mbugua has hit out at his colleagues over the calls for a referendum.

The governor advised the governors who are supporting the referendum to keep their campaigns from the county.

He noted that the push for vote would tear the county apart at a time when reconciliation after the post election violence was taking place.

The governor said no one in the county was supporting the vote noting that leaders in the area had agreed to stop the campaigns.

“I want to make it very clear that no one will be allowed here to campaign or even hold a meeting intended to rally support for the said referendum,” he said.

In a move that will not auger well among other governors, Mbugua challenged those supporting the vote to seek other alternatives of resolving the current impasse.

He noted that some issues in the referendum were better off addressed through the set mechanisms and not through a vote that would cost the taxpayer millions of shillings.

“We have set laws and as our leaders in the Jubilee said, such issues will be addressed in line with the set guidelines as per the constitution,” he said.

Mbugua however said they were not coerced by the national leaders to drop their bid for the vote saying it was a decision arrived at by the county and grassroots leaders.

“I can tell you for sure even if we say my deputy and I support such calls by the council of governors, we will be talking to ourselves,” he said.

The governor was speaking to the press after hosting a delegation of Nigerian businessmen who were on a tour of the county at Enashipai resort in Naivasha.

On his part deputy governor Joseph Ruto said no one was welcome in the county with calls for the vote.

He said that since the debate started they had held several meetings in the county and it was evident that the move was not popular in the area.

“We believe we have acted in the best interests of the residents of this great county and we owe no one an apology to that effect,” he said.


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