FORD Kenya to push for constitutional reforms

The FORD Kenya leader and National Super Alliance (NASA) Co-principal, Moses Wetangula has proposed an amendment of the constitution to pave way for parliamentary system of leadership.

Wetangula hinted that his party was having what he termed as a bipartisan conversation with Members of Parliament and Senators across the divide to put in place strategies that will lead to scrapping of the Presidential system.

The current presidential system has polarized the country along political and ethnic lines, he said.

Speaking at Sentrim Hotel in Gilgil Sub County during the party’s retreat for its Governors, Senators and Members of Parliament, Wetangula who is also the Bungoma Senator said an audit of the current constitution indicated that the executive needed to be restructured.

Parliament he said had been weakened and reduced to a rubber stamp for the executive and was no longer effectively playing its watchdog role.

We have been talking with our colleagues across the political divide in the ranks and file of political divide. Most of them are extremely uncomfortable with the Presidential system. The ‘winner takes it all’ Presidential system is narrow, selfish, divisive, and dangerous and can plunge this country into chaos, he said.

The Senator who was accompanied by Bungoma Governor, Wycliffe Wangamati, Kisumu West MP, John Olago Oluoch, his Tongaren counterpart, David Eseli Simiyu and Said Buya Hiribae of Galole said FORD-Kenya will also be reaching out to its partners in NASA to set out programmes aimed at auditing and isolating flaws in the current constitutional dispensation.

We want to iron out gray areas in our constitution to ensure that it unites Kenyans. We need to continue strengthening political party funding and multi-party politics to make the country’s politics non-toxic, said the Ford Kenya leader.

Wetangula urged politicians across the political divide to reach out to each other and unite Kenyans. He said divergent political opinion should be tolerated and not be used to polarize the country. The senator said irresponsible political rhetoric was shredding the country into ethnic fault lines.

Observing that the Party would be celebrating its Silver Jubilee, Wetangula said FORD-Kenya was committed to strengthening devolution and will continue pushing for allocation of 45 percent as bare minimum to devolved units.

Devolution is the key to remedying inequitable distribution of national resources. We want all the 47 counties to have good road network, proper medical care, modern educational infrastructure and adequate supply of water among other resources. We are going to agitate for strengthening of devolved units, stated the senator.

Other MPs present included, James Lusweti (Kabuchai), Vincent Kemosi Mogaka (West Mugirango) and Charles Gumini Gimose (Hamisi).

He said the party’s top most organs had reaffirmed its continued affiliation to NASA and would be party of tomorrow’s public rally at Jacaranda Grounds in Nairobi to mourn Kenyans allegedly killed by police during demonstrations.

Wetangula further stated that the Police Service was exploiting weaknesses in the law to abuse its powers.

Source: Kenya News Agency