CORD Co-Pricipal Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga held a meeting on Tuesday with over 250 Members of County Assemblies from Siaya, Migori, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Kisii and Nyamira at the Wigot Hotel in Kisumu. Also present were Kisumu County Senator, Hon. Anyang Nyng’o, his Siaya counterpart, Hon. James Orengo, nominated senator Hon. Elizabeth Ongoro among others
The Okoa Kenya Committee of Experts took these leaders through the elements of the proposed Okoa Kenya Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill. The MCAs expressed overwhelming support for the Bill and promised to ensure it passes through their respective assemblies once the IEBC presents the document to them. Mr. Odinga said this was the first in a series of meetings they shall be holding with stakeholders to lobby for their support on this important reform effort.
The OKOA Kenya 1st cluster of County Assemblies namely Kisumu, Homabay, Kisii, Siaya, Nyamira, Migori and Kakamega gathered at the WIGOT HOTEL resolved as follows:
1. THAT the County Assemblies Forum/representatives resolved to support the OKOA Kenya Referendum Bill and to resoundingly pass it when it is presented by the IEBC to the County Assembly.
2. THAT the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission should expedite the process of verification of the signatures and to release the Bill to the County Assemblies within the 90 days stipulated in the Constitution.
3. THAT the right to amend the Constitution by popular initiative is a Constitutional right and the government is under an obligation to provide necessary funding.
4. THAT the Government should immediately and without further deal release the monies for voter registration required by IEBC to enable the eligible voter have this crucial document ahead of the referendum.
5. THAT the Forum opposes any attempts at hoodwinking the public into believing the EURO Bond/EUROCON transactions were above board and therefore is strongly against the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga honouring any summons or invitations by Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich to go to The Treasury to allegedly confirm the said documents. The Constitution is clear that such information once sought must be published under the right of access to information under Article 35 of the Constitution.
6. THAT the Forum expresses solidarity with other Kenyans on their continued demand for accountability and prudent use of their tax monies or resources including demands that the President reduces his appetite for extravagant an frequent foreign travels.
7. THAT the Forum expresses solidarity with the People of North Eastern Kenya in demanding that the perpetrators of extra judicial killing evidenced by the mass graves be brought to book immediately and a cessation of this unconstitutional act of forced disappearances of member of the Muslim and Somali communities.