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Kenya’s law referendum: No camp to launch ‘Red Card Center’ secretariat

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Nairobi (Alshahid) – The group opposed to the proposed new constitution also known as the ‘No’ camp has said that all is set for the official launch of its secretariat dubbed Red Card Center and campaign program this Wednesday.

Head of the secretariat Tom Namwamba, elder brother to Vice Chairman of the parliamentary select committee on constitution Ababu Namwamba, said the team will unveil its campaign strategy and key campaign message for the nation on that day.

 “We want Kenyans to know that they are in the trap if they accept the new constitution. We want to get them out of that trap,” Mr Namwamba said on Monday while announcing the establishment at the Red Card Center in Upper Hill.

Mr Namwamba says thereafter the team will carry out well coordinated campaigns to augment the efforts of Higher Education Minister William Ruto who has emerged as the political leader of the camp and has aggressively singlehandedly traversed the country in the company of other politicians.

The camp, mainly opposed to the land chapter, has found formidable support from the Churches which are opposed to the proposed law due to the inclusion of Kadhis’ courts and a clause on abortion.

“We need a Constitution that measures to the expectations of all Kenyans,” Tom said. “We need a Constitution that is people-based not government driven.”

Kenya government under President Mwai Kibaki aided by Prime Minister Raila Odinga is leading the ‘Yes’ campaign with three major rallies in the last month at Uhuru Park, Embakasi and Mombasa.

The government has urged Kenyans to pass the new law generally believed to be good and push for amendments later.

“It can take us three months to correct the contentious issues since we know them. I read malice and a hidden agenda and the rush in wanting to have a new Constitution all of us have agreed is faulty,” charged Mr Namwamba.

The ‘No’ camp at the same time unveiled its youth wing with a bid to mobilise over five million youths for the ‘No’ vote.

“This Constitution fails to cater effectively with the representation of the youth. It is sad we only have two representatives, one in the National Assembly and one at the Senate,” he said.

“Most of the youths are not informed on the contents and when we educate them we are seeing positive results,” he added.

A member Grace Mbomu said they are exploring social media to woo the youth, “We have groups on Facebook, Twitter and a website to educate the youth on this,” she said.

The “Yes’ secretariat launched its youth wing two weeks ago as the battle for the youths vote intensifies.

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Wilfred Mulliro is Kenyan columnist. MA in International Studies from University of Nairobi, B.Ed. in English Literature from Kenyata University. His articles which focus on Social issues and Politics appear in Kenya's leading Newspapers.

9 Comments

  1. avatar lenard oyolo malikah says:

    no camp keep up you are doing agood job

  2. avatar david says:

    what was the rationale to picking tom namwamba? Is this not a game from the Yes camp? please until i recieve a concrete answer i wont support him. How sure is it that he does not converse with his brother. Yes , i am for No but i am not supporting the way you are doing things. please reply to me.

  3. avatar Wilson says:

    i need the No flyer to put in the facebook The govt sitting on Wanjiku part Please coorporate

  4. avatar mwakenya says:

    jah is the referee
    jah is the people
    jah is the church
    jah is no

    no to abortion
    no to gay marriage
    no to supreme leadership
    no for jah

  5. avatar mwakenya says:

    no for the people of kenya
    no to gay marriages in kenya
    no to supreme leadership in kenya
    no to abortion

    red card to the founding fathers of afrika

  6. avatar mwakenya says:

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    no more Khamas
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  7. avatar omosh says:

    its good to know that people still leave in the dream land. the Non reformers and yesterday’s dictators who ruined this country have no chance in the current Kenya. some of the No leaders are the same who championed the ethnic clashes in last elections in the name of fighting for their rights. these should be thrown top the darkest pits and forgotten.

  8. avatar mugabe says:

    PEACE FOR KENYANS!!!!!!!!

    this selfish and ethnic/ religion entrepreneurs will(are) divide (ing) YOU (the people) as usual. this will be dangerous for Kenya in particular and east Africa in general. and the west as well! the process should not be elite centric. you the people must respect each other! fight with corrupt and selfish politicians not with your poor brothers in the rift valley or Nairobi.

    LET GOD SAVE KENYA!

    Mugabe!

    FROM ETHIOPIA!!!!

  9. avatar mugabe says:

    PEACE FOR KENYANS!!!!!!!!

    this selfish and ethnic/ religion entrepreneurs will(are) divide (ing) YOU the people as usual. this will be dangerous for Kenya in particular and east Africa in general. and the west as well! the process should not be elite centric. you the people must respect each other! fight with corrupt and selfish politicians not with your poor brothers in the rift valley or Nairobi.

    LET GOD SAVE KENYA!

    Mugabe!

    FROM ETHIOPIA!!!!

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