Six Kenya Kwanza members of parliament are supporting calls by Azimio leader Raila Odinga to amend the constitution in a bid to bring back the one man, one vote, one shilling revenue distribution formula.
The MPs Mwangi Kiunjuri (Laikipia East), Njoroge Wainaina (Kieni), Betty Maina (Murang’a), Simon Kingara (Ruiru), Gathoni Wamuchomba (Githunguri) and Moses Kirima (Central Imenti) have vowed to push the agenda, despite being called Raila Odinga’s sympathizers in Kenya Kwanza.
The leaders have been labeled as rebels by their counterparts who believe their remarks could bolster the Opposition’s demands in the bipartisan talks, among them a push to amend the Constitution 2010.
”We will not be cowed to remain silent in the name of protecting the image of Kenya Kwanza administration, we support the government but we must also defend the rights of our people who sent us to Parliament, we want fair distribution of resources even as the bipartisan talks continue,” Githunguri MP Gathoni Wamuchomba said.
Her remarks were backed by Muranga Woman Rep Betty Maina who said Mt Kenya’s problems do not start and end with Raila Odinga and it is time leaders from the region started solving real issues facing their people.
“Let us not assume that our problem in the region starts and ends with Raila. We are used to give Caesar what belongs to Caesar but what we get in return is not commensurate with our votes. If we tell Raila to table his returns, the common denominator should be placing our demands. Let us not be told to keep quiet, if talking more is defending our community I am ready to be counted as those talking too much. Other regions sponsor their children to undertake pilot courses and they get equalisation fund but that is not the same with us,” the Muranga Woman Rep said.
On his part, Laikipia East MP Mwangi Kiunjuri said the only way Mt Kenya will have solved its current problems is through a referendum to change the current presidential system of governance. The MP however warned the current infighting in Mt Kenya will negatively affect the region because leaders who are independent-minded were seen as enemies of the Kenya Kwanza regime.
”There is a lot of infighting with a section of leaders determined to control their counterparts, we should be careful because if we don’t stand up and defend our community, in future we shall not be close to power,” the warned Laikipia East MP warned.