CORD hits one million mark in signature collection

The OKOA Kenya secretariat Wednesday presented 1.4 million signatures needed by coalition for reforms and democracy CORD for the Okoa Kenya referendum campaign. 


Presenting the signatures to CORD principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula and Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua in Nairobi, Okoa Kenya team leader lawyer Paul Mwangi said the team is set to take the signatures to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC for verification.

Speaking after receiving the signatures CORD principals led by former prime minister said they will present the booklets containing  the signatures to the IEBC on Wednesday next week.

Raila said the presentation of signatures marks the end of what has been a long and consuming process which was launched in august last year.

The former primier thanked the whole team for its efforts and Kenyans for participating in the  exercise aimed at finding solutions to the problems currently affecting Kenyans.

Raila said the referendum is timely as it comes at a time when the government has failed to keep the promises it made to Kenyans.

On their part the former vice president and Narc Kenya leader said Kenyans are aware of the meaning of the Okoa Kenya saying the government has failed in its mandate to serve Kenyans. At the same the two accused the government of abetting corruption in the country.

After IEBCverifiying the signatures  for the period of three months the team will send a draft bill to the County Assemblies for tabling.

The Okoa Kenya Referendum seeks to ensure that County Governments get as much as 40 percent of national government revenue to develop the counties among other things affecting the country.