By Osugo Moseti
A post on Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto’s wall indicates this Wednesday his Pesa Mashinani and Okoa Kenya will form a joint team to launch a single referendum drive across the country.
While the account is unverified, talks of the two teams joining together has been in the works for months now. Last month, the Bomet Governor was spotted with CORD leader Raila Odinga and his former campaign aide Eliud Owalo at a city restaurant.
Several sources close to the three have told Kenya Today Governor Rutto said he will join the Okoa Kenya team at a later date if most of the ruling coalition governors are threatened and harassed into withdrawing. He claimed most of the governors are not seasoned politicians and will not withstand the pressure to stay put when intimidation sets in.
Odinga, on his part, urged Gov. Rutto to remain steadfast, insisting the national government leaders are hellbent on killing devolution to relaunch the imperial unitary government controlled from Nairobi.
Later, Owalo, who is typically Raila Odinga’s unofficial mouthpiece, penned an opinion piece in one of the national dailies urging the two teams to join up for a single campaign offensive.
In the Bomet Governor’s page, he decries the harassment meted on several governors, mostly in URP, who have since abandoned the push for more funds to counties. The message reads:
We are launching a joint referendum committee with CORD on Wednesday. I urge you to support me in asking CORD to drop their other referendum issues and we push for Pesa mashinani to get synergy. The enemies of devolution have managed to harass governors to abandon Pesa Mashinani but they cannot harass the voters. The voters, according to our constitution can exercise their sovereign power at will.