Mudavadi supports referendum but insists IEBC must be checked

ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi has said he supports calls for a referendum, but has insisted IEBC must be closely scrutinized given its the body tasked with overseeing the process. Speaking in Teso South, Busia County Mudavadi said the referendum should be totally inclusive, and that politicians, businessmen, the old and young need to look at the pointers that need to changed or dealt with in the constitution, “This constitution isn’t for one or two people, it’s meant to benefit all Kenyans…so it’s vital for all of us to be involved to know which aspects we’ll support,” he said.

He cited IEBC’s muted struggles ahead of a potential referendum, saying the commission should be closely checked, “We should check who is the referee who will handle the referendum process, the referee is IEBC and if you look at him now, he has lots of weaknesses,” he said, “The auditor general has revealed the referee has mishandled money, plus the supreme court even said at some point the aforementioned referee’s operations didn’t add up.”

Mudavadi affirmed his presidential ambition, saying being in the opposition side can’t affect a candidate’s presidential ambition, “If you look at Kenya’s history, Moi was in the opposition before he took over the presidency, Kibaki was in opposition then later he became president…Uhuru Kenyatta was in the opposition camp, in KANU, he jumped ship and now he is the President. Now why should someone think I can’t be president when all these people passed through the opposition camp?” he posed.