The Kirinyaga Deputy Governor, Peter Ndambiri has supported Ndia MP, George Kariuki’s call for a referendum to reduce counties from the current 47 to 12 and scrap the position of senators and women representatives.
Speaking on Sunday at Nyangati ACK Church, Ndambiri said currently Wanjiku is over burdened by the high wage bill and the only option is for the country to hold a referendum to amend the constitution.
Some positions must be let go, we have a high wage bill that has led to over taxation which is not good for a country, the deputy governor said.
Amid cheers from the congregation, Ndambiri said for the country to achieve maximum growth then the wage bill must be reduced and the funds channeled towards development projects.
If we reduce some of these positions we can channel the money used to pay salaries towards development projects, it is time we amend the constitution, he said.
The deputy governor also said the runaway corruption has taken a toll on the country’s economy adding those involved should be forced to return the proceeds from graft and their cases heard and determined expeditiously.
We must act now and even introduceanti-corruption lessons in Primary and Secondary schools to instill morals on the youth, he said.
Last week ODM leader, Raila Odinga said a referendum to amend the constitution was part of the deal that led to the famous handshake between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Allies of Deputy Presiden,t William Ruto led by National Assembly majority leader who is also Garissa Township MP, Aden Duale and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen are opposed to changes to the constitution before 2022.
Meanwhile, Ndambiri’s wife Catherine Ndambiri has urged young women to keep off old married wealthy men but instead work hard to achieve their goals.
Catherine said it is unfortunate marriage was no longer respected and rich old men were taking advantage of young ladies who want quick riches.
Take education seriously and keep in mind you cannot start from above but you have to work your way to the top, she said.
Her sentiments came following a case where Rongo university student, Sharon Otieno was murdered early last month.
Migori governor Okoth Obado who had an intimate relationship with her (Sharon) is in custody as a suspect in the murder.
Last week another young woman, Monica Kimani was also found murdered in unclear circumstances.
Source: Kenya News Agency