Politicians urged to study constitution
12 March 2012, 13:44
Politicians have been urged to read the new constitution to avoid misleading Kenyans during their campaign rallies.
Kilifi governor seat aspirant and Minister for Fisheries Development Amason Jefa Kingi said there is a need for political leaders to familiarize themselves with constitution so that they can well inform voters.
“We have cases were our colleagues have misinterpreted the new constitution to poor and some of illiterate Kenyans and so there is a need for them to read it and seek interpretation from qualified lawyers like me,” he said.
He said unless voters are well informed of the new constitution they will make mistakes come voting day.
Kingi who is also the Magarini Member of Parliament also called voters to read the new constitution and seek interpretation from qualified people so that politicians do not cheat on them.
The minister was speaking at Nidhamia Hall in Malindi on Saturday at voter’s constitutional sensitization workshop.
“When you arm yourself with the law no body will cheat on you and especially some politicians will misinterpret the constitution to their favor so that they can lure you to vote for them,” he noted.
He was accompanied by Malindi county council chairman Mr. Kingi Ngombo and aspirant Maweni ward representative Mr. Twahir Abdulkarim among others.
Kingi advised voters to elect transparent, visionary, educated and those who have served Kenyans and not their personal interests noting that when such leaders are elected there will be developments projects in the counties.
In the coming general election the Magarini constituency Member of Parliament said voters should not tolerate corrupts leaders seeking to be elected as they will steal revenue and misuse resources allocated to their respective county.
Stressing on the same point Kingi said incase of misusing of resources and revenue that can lead to undeveloped county, the law he said states that the county will be dissolved and be under the central government.
“The fate of Kilifi our county for example now lies on you voters because you have all powers needed to develop it by electing good leaders. If you elect corrupt leaders you will regret the rest of your life.
We should also unite and not allow politicians to divide you by any means be it tribal, religious or even political basis,” he urged.
Coast region Kingi noted was the first to region which many people thought could have experience Post election violence because there exist two classes of people but they remained peaceful.
“We all know that Coast region exist two classes of people that is Islam and Christians but these people never had clashes during the disputed election of 2007 2008. Political leaders who sound to be dividing Kenyans should be avoided every time,” said Kingi.
Residents demanded explanation on when the government is planning to hold general election but Kingi said the issue was above his reach and that it was only the two principals, President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga who have the constitutional rights to make the decision.
However he said the court had given option to the two principals on either to come up with the date or after dissolving the coalition government, parliament to end its five years term by January 14 2013 and decide election date or changing of the law governing election by parliament.
“The court gave option to the two principal and the matter is only left for them to decide but any of those three options are the ones to be followed,” he added.
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