Murkomen backs referendum in BBI consultative forum

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen during a past briefing PHOTO: COURTESY.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has changed his stand on building bridges initiative after he declared that a referendum is a must.

Murkomen who spoke at the BBI rally in Mombasa said that the only way coastal resolutions on BBI will be achieved was through a referendum.

“According to what has been proposed by Coastal politicians we must go for a referendum to change our constitution, most politicians are supporting for the position of the executive prime minister and two deputies to achieve this we must go for a referendum,” he said.

He further asked coastal politicians to solve issues that have been affecting coastal people for long rather than keeping issues in books on shelves.

Murkomen was among Tanga Tanga leaders who attended BBI rally in Mombasa.

Other politicians allied to deputy president William Ruto who attended the rally included Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Malindi Aisha Jumwa, Nyali Mohamed Ali and Lungalunga Khatib Mwashetani.

Coast leaders presented 16 resolutions to ODM party leader Raila Odinga which they want to be captured in the BBI.

The resolutions were read by Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi were captured on Friday by a delegation of 3000 people at the Wild Waters in Mombasa.

Some of the issues leaders need to be solved in the coast region including historical land injustices leaders demanding that all the land being held by the absentee landlords should be reallocated to Coast residents.

The called for a federal system of government demanding the introduction of regional governments while at the same time retaining all the counties.

Also want  Coast region is divided into two – Lower Coast that will include Mombasa, Taita Taveta and Kwale and the Upper Coast to include Lamu, Kilifi, and Tana River.

The leaders also want port operations to be centered at the Port of Mombasa.

Siaya Senator James Orengo said a referendum was inevitable and that it should be done in July after the BBI committee submits a report in June.