Senate minority leader, James Orengo has dismissed the possibility of having a multiple choice referendum saying the only provision in the constitution is a plebiscite based on a formulated bill.
Orengo faulted a section of leaders who have been propagating a multiple choice referendum saying they are misleading the public instead of being open and truthful to the constitution.
He was speaking at St. Cecilia Aluor Girls high school in Gem constituency, Siaya County where he, together with the area legislator, Elisha Odhiambo donated materials to village elders and community health volunteers.
“The constitution of Kenya provides for a process which ends in the referendum vote on a bill, not a multiple choice question when it has to be changed,” said Orengo who is also the Siaya senator.
Orengo faulted those opposed to the ongoing constitution amendment process, among them deputy president William Ruto of dishonesty adding that they should have used their positions to instigate changes to the law to allow multiple choice referendum.
“ In the more than 10 years they have been in position of responsibility they should have come up with ideas even to change the law to enable the country go through a multiple choice referendum,” he said.
The Siaya senator faulted Ruto for going against his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta on a major political issue.
“I hope in the fullness of time, he will move together with the president” he said adding, “I have never seen a republic where the president takes a position on a major political issue and his deputy takes a divergent view.”
By Philip Onyango