Kenyans on social media were of Friday divided in opinion after political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi said ODM party leader Raila Odinga is right on push for a referendum.
“On referendum, Raila is dead right. We ate a half-baked constitution. Now we are politically constipated. We must change “Katiba Mbichi”. What do you think?” Mutahi tweeted.
On Thursday, Raila maintained that Kenya will go to a referendum if it has to realise the goals of the Building Bridges initiative.
He said calls to change the constitution and the structure of government are tied to the peace initiative which followed the March 9 handshake.
@Joekiash “We have to take home MCAs, Senators, Women Reps and most of the MPs, we have to reduce the number of Constituencies!”
“All Mcas, women reps, senators, all nominated politicians and useless commissions must be eliminated,” @johnkivisu said.
@Belive_Kinuthia said “Women rep kwanza….which country in the world have ” women rep” position in their constitution?”
“I support it only, if it seeks to do away with MCAs, Women reps, Senators, over 200mpigs, all nominated nothings, that I will vote yes to, but creating silly personal offices to sooth others egos no,” @_leteipa said.
@CheruhK said, “I will only support the referendum if it’s about reducing the number of mps, senators and do away with nominated positions.”
Last month, a Jubilee MP allied to Deputy President William Ruto proposed that the Senate be abolished and the positions of nominated MPs and MCAs scrapped.
If adopted, Caleb Kositany’s radical proposal would occasion a constitutional amendment through a referendum ahead of the 2022 polls.
@stevemmutua said “The referendum I support is Punguza mzigo initiative, I have endorsed it.”
“When a government gets broke., it schemes all measures to achieve austerity … including drawing of draconian laws and constitutional amendments. We’ve tasted the fruits of devolution and for sure , “it’s bitter sweet”,” @Fred_daktari said.
He added, “Return the health sector to the national government.”
@JMKaharoGeneral said “Referendum that will reduce the wage bill by reducing the number of elective positions and do away with nominated leaders.”
“We have been duped before with the constitution. The public should be proposing what they want changed in the constitution but not a few strategic individuals,” @mainaleonard said.
@peter_kiriga said “We are not supposed in any way to change that which is not fully baked cos it will be a great loss..! We must plan how to correct, properly cook then serve a good suiting ration for everyone of us… Whoever is going this way can be right.”
“We need a constitution based on the needs of the people. Gender equality is not a need, women reps out, MPs from the same county should appoint one as the senator, county assemblies don’t need deputy speakers, majorities, all those useless posts taking our money,” @MutahiJoseph93 said.
The political class is split on Raila’s call for a referendum next year. Some politicians across the divide have supported the call while others have rejected it.
Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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