The Star (Nairobi)

30 August 2014

Kenya: Five ODM MPs Launch Okoa Kenya Drive in Kisumu

FIVE Cord MPs from Nyanza Friday kicked off the hunt for referendum signatures as they officially launched Okoa Kenya initiative in Kisumu.

Orange Democratic Movement party on Thursday tasked its legislators to take the referendum campaigns to the grassroots during House recess. The MPs were mandated by the top party officials to spearhead collection of one million signatures to authenticate the referendum call.

The MPs included Ken Obura (Kisumu Central), Agostino Neto (Ndhiwa), George Oner (Rangwe), Jared Kopiyo (Awendo) and David Ochieng (Ugenya) attended the launch at the famous Kondele grounds in Kisumu.

The leaders said they will traverse all the constituencies in the region to mobilise locals to append their signatures in approval to change the law. The MPs after launching signature collection initiative at Kisumu Central constituency in Kisumu County later proceed to Siaya County's Ugenya constituency for a similar initiative.

They also explained to voters the need to amend the Constitution and urged them to turnout in large numbers for the initiative.

The legislators said they targeted two million signatures from region that has about 2.5 million registered voters.

Obura said the referendum will help to address challenges facing the country as hundreds of residents who turned up for the event appended their signatures.

"As the youthful MPs, we will work together and visit all the constituencies in this region to ensure that residents fully support the referendum," Obura said.

The legislature accused the Jubilee alliance of a hatching a plot to halt the referendum bid. He said that Jubilee Coalition have gone to court to stop the signature collection adding that referendum was unstoppable.

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