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Thursday, July 15, 2010

No camp lying to Kenyans

President Mwai Kibaki has told opponents of the new constitution to stop lying to Kenyans over a possibility of conducting another referendum later this year.

President Kibaki noted that the conclusion of referendum as well as the enactment of the new constitution cannot be postponed because Kenyans themselves are ready to pass the document.

The President who was addressing wananchi along the Nairobi-Muranga highway while on his way to rally support for the proposed constitution said that some people were merely opposing the document for individual recognition.

"Some are opposing the new constitution for the sake of it and to be recognized. The proposed constitution contains very important provisions for greater good of the nation," the President said.

The Head of State further urged Kenyans not to forfeit the present opportunity to pass the new constitution and lay the foundation of a stable and prosperous nation.

He said Kenyans must conclude the constitutional review process and move on to tackle other equally important developmental challenges affecting the country and its citizens.

President Kibaki affirmed that the Government was currently implementing vital developmental programmes that are intended to unlock the economic potential of the nation thus guarantee decent lives to wananchi.

The President also appealed to Kenyans to uphold tolerance and peaceful co-existence despite holding different opinions towards the proposed constitutions.

He urged wananchi to take advantage of the recently effected common market protocol that allows East African citizens to invest and move freely within the region.

The Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka who was accompanying the President said that the constitutional process was not a political contest but vote for the betterment of the nation.

The Vice-President affirmed that President Kibaki's visionary and trustworthy leadership would be capped by the passing of the new constitution which would take the nation to higher levels of development.

Hon Musyoka noted that the new constitution would accelerate the country's economic development due to massive resources expected to be channeled to the grassroots.

The VP urged Kenyans to vote for the proposed constitution which would protect all citizens equally regardless their socio-economic status or political affiliations.

"The proposed constitution has provisions that shield all Kenyans and it doesn't matter who becomes the president of the country," said the Vice-President.

Leaders who addressed jubilant wananchi assured President Kibaki the entire Muranga region was solidly behind the proposed constitution which would midwife a modern and prosperous nation.

Legislators from the larger Murang'a region assured President Kibaki that various campaign strategies had been mounted in the region to sensitize residents on the new constitution and ensure that they overwhelmingly vote for it during the referendum.

Later President Kibaki held a consultative meeting with grassroots leaders and professionals from the region where he assured them that the government was addressing the challenges afflicting the coffee sector in the country.

Environment Minister John Michuki exhorted Kenyans to heed the call by President Kibaki to read the proposed constitution so as to make informed decisions during the August 4th referendum.

Leaders at the meeting assured President Kibaki that they would mobilize residents to vote in large numbers for the proposed constitution.

The leaders acknowledged that with the passage of the new constitution, the country would leap into the unprecedented development levels as evidenced by countries like Brazil that concluded her constitution making process recently.

In the President's entourage were Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, cabinet ministers Amos Kimunya, Prof Anyang Nyongo, Joseph Nyaga, John Michuki, Paul Otuoma, Kiraitu Murungi, several assistant ministers and MPs from across the country.

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