Nakuru County governor Kinuthia Mbugua has banned all referendum campaigns in the county with immediate effect and warned those spearheading the plebiscite calls to keep off.
Mbugua said the county remained united noting that they had made their stand on the push for a referendum. The governor noted that the push for vote would tear the county apart at a time when reconciliation after the 2008 post election violence was taking place. The governor said no one in the county was supporting the vote noting that leaders in the area had agreed to stop the campaigns.
“I want to make it very clear that no one will be allowed here to campaign or even hold a meeting intended to rally support for the said referendum,” he said. In a move that will not auger well among other governors, Mbugua challenged those supporting the vote to seek other alternatives of resolving the current impasse.
Governor could not explain under what law he banned the rallies. Local leaders especially those alied to URP have publicly declared support for the referendum , those in support of devolution include Kuresoi MP Hon Zakayo Cheruyoit, Luka Kigen among others.
Governor Mbugua was the AP commandant and a senior member of the powerful provincial administration housed at Harambee house before he joined politics.