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Kenya President’s close ally now joins the ‘Yes’ referendum Team

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Nairobi (Alshahid) – Environment Minister John Michuki, who declared he has been the president’s friend for over 50 years was on Thursday welcomed to the ‘Yes’ campaign team by President Mwai Kibaki.

 Mr Michuki’s position remained lukewarm and many had classified him as a NO camp sympathizer especially when he talked aganst the clause that lets the Armed forces to belong to a trade union.

He broke his silence and resolved to support the proposed constitution during a  ‘Yes’ campaign rally attended by a mammoth crowd at Ihura Stadium in Muranga town on Thursday where president Kibaki called on other leaders still opposed to the draft constitution to reconsider their stand for sake of unity and harmony in the country. .

Mr Michuki said he will join President Kibaki and other leaders in drumming up support for the constitution. The Minister declared that he would not act as a stumbling block to the passage of a new constitution which has eluded Kenyans for over twenty years.

The Kangema legislator termed President Kibaki as a long time friend who is a visionary leader whose commitment to the building of a prosperous nation is beyond doubt.

President Kibaki who was flanked by the Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, several cabinet Ministers, Assistant Ministers and over twenty MPs from across the country, urged Kenyans to intensify public education on the proposed constitution to persuade the opponents to support the draft.

The Head of State told Kenyans not to create enmity with those holding contrary opinion towards the new document but instead to endeavor to win them so as to ensure peace and tranquility in all parts of the country.

“Uphold tolerance and preach forgiveness among neighbours holding divergent opinions on the constitution as Kenyans needs peace, unity and harmonious co-existence even after the national referendum,” the President said.

He reaffirmed that any contentious clauses in the proposed law would be amended later to reflect the changes that Kenyans will advocate for in accordance with their future desires.

On his part Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka assured religious leaders that the passage of the proposed constitution will not erode the credibility and authority of the church after the referendum.

Welcoming Mr Michuki to the ‘Yes’ team, the vice President commended the Environment Minister for making the right decision to support the proposed constitution.

“The decision by Mr Michuki to rally behind the President in campaigning for the proposed constitution is a sign of respect to the Head of State and other leaders in the forefront charting the country’s destiny.

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta said the proposed constitution was good for all Kenyans as it safeguarded the individual right to own property in any part of the country adding that if the new constitution is enacted would ensure fair representation through equality of the vote.

Cabinet Ministers Prof. George Saitoti, Joseph Nyaga, Paul Otuoma, Amos Kimunya and Kiraitu Murungi, who also addressed the Yes rally, appealed to Kenyans to come out in large numbers and vote for the proposed constitution to give the country a new beginning.

Others who addressed the ‘Yes’ campaign rally included Assistant Ministers and over 20 members of parliament from across the country who declared their support for the proposed constitution

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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.

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