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Kenya President Takes ‘Yes’ campaign to ‘No’ stronghold

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Eldoret (Alshahid) – Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki took the constitution campaigns to the No strongholds on Friday, where he told a rally in Eldoret to vote for the proposed law since it will unite Kenyans and effectively address the country’s development needs.

 “Even those who are opposing it know that it is a good constitution. That is why I appeal to Kenyans to vote for it during the referendum,” President Kibaki said.

He once again, appealed to wananchi to live together peacefully and not to hate those holding opposing views regarding the new constitution.

Speaking during the meeting, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka commended President Kibaki for putting aside self interest to support the proposed Constitution in the spirit of true statesmanship for the benefit of the country.

The Vice President noted that by leading the reform agenda from the front, the President wants to leave a legacy of a better country that is united.

Mr Kalonzo appealed to wananchi to demonstrate their patriotism by supporting the new constitution singling out the church-state relations, by reiterating that the church will not lose its dignity and mandate when the proposed Constitution is passed by Kenyans.

Industrialisation Minister Henry Kosgey said Kenyans should support the new constitution because it will ensure justice and equitable distribution of resources in the country.

The Industrialisation Minister said as a leader from the Rift Valley, he would not be supporting the constitution if he knew it would hurt the region.

“If you read the Constitution yourself, you will agree with me that the document favours all Kenyans,” Mr Kosgey said.

Agriculture Minister Dr Sally Kosgei said that politicians leading the “No” camp do not have the interest of Kenyans at heart.

The meeting was also attended by Cabinet Ministers Prof Hellen Sambili, Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, Franklin Bett, Esther Murugi and Fred Gumo, Assistant Ministers and several legislators from various parts of the country.

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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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