Kenya’s senior public servants traverse Western region for ‘Yes’ votes
Led by Labour PS Beatrice Kituyi, the PSs said the document, if passed, would enable the country to realise the Vision 2030.
The PSs said they had the permission to move around the province to educate locals on the contents of the Proposed Constitution before the August 4 referendum.
Speaking at County Council of Busia Hall, the five said they were on a mission to dispel any fears that locals might have towards the draft.
“We have permission from President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to come as leaders of this region and add weight on issues of constitution,” said Ms Kituyi.
Others were permanent secretaries David Stower (Water), Kenneth Lusaka (Livestock Development), Andrew Mondoh (Special Programmes) and Ludeki Chweya, a PS in the Office of the Vice President.
Area DC Arthur Gitonga and Upper Western Regional Commissioner Mohamed Rashid were also present.
Kituyi said contrary to the lies that were being propagated by those opposed to the document, the region would record an improvement in the way resources are distributed and used, adding the document was Kenyan and was not being imposed by foreigners.
The PSs, addressed various groups from Busia District, including councillors, NGOs, women leaders and youth groups. At some point they used Luhya to answer questions on the document.
The PSs said the laws, once passed, would allow for devolution of power, which they noted was concentrated at a single centre in the current constitution.
But Ojiambo Obada, the Samia South councillor opposed to the draft, told journalists the PSs did not convince them on contentious issues and the alleged US interference.
- Standard Newspaper