Members of the Mombasa county assembly on Tuesday declared their stand on the calls for a referendum by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), saying they were in support because of the government’s refusal to dialogue with the opposition over issues affecting the country.
The announcement came as a blow on the government’s Jubilee coalition, which was hoping to convince the MCAs countrywide to reject the referendum calls, but was not surprising either as the Mombasa County Assembly’s membership is dominated by CORD.
Earlier, members of county assemblies countrywide had said they would not take a stand on the referendum until they consulted and assessed the issues involved.
At a press briefing in Mombasa, the County representatives said the referendum would give the opportunity to enshrine in the constitution clauses that would deal with insecurity that has affected Mombasa most among other regions in the country.
They said they also hoped the referendum would help deal with heinous acts committed by state agents including extra-judicial killings.
“We have to ensure the country’s participation in key and sensitive issues such as security to complement the efforts of national government in order to create a conducive environment for our people and business alike,” the MCAs said in a statement, adding that they would rally Mombasa residents to support the referendum.
The MCA’s also castigated the leader of majority in the national assembly Aden Duale for his recent scathing remarks against chairman of the Council of Governors Issac Ruto, saying it amounted to disrespect.
CORD is currently undertaking a nationwide exercise targeting to collect 5 million signatures in a movement dubbed Okoa Kenya, happening parallel with the Pesa Mashinani campaign led by Issac Ruto.