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Religious leaders in Nyeri support push for a referendum

A section of religious leaders in Nyeri County have thrown their weight behind the push for constitutional reforms through a referendum.
However, the leaders drawn from different faiths said they would support constitutional amendments that among other issues, focused on trimming the number of constituencies and not creating more seats.
The leaders who met under the auspices of Nyeri Dialogue Reference Group said Kenyans were over represented in elective seats and there was need to reduce some of the positions in a bid to cut down on the country’s wage bill that was taking the lion’s share of the national revenue.
“We are not against a referendum. The way to achieve some desirable changes like reduction of the number of seats in the national assembly can only be done through a constitutional referendum,” said the group Chair, Venerable Joseph Gitonga.
He however said they should not use this opportunity to turn church pulpits into platforms for politics.
By Beth Ndirangu

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