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Referendum calls unstoppable, says governor Joho

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Mombasa governor Hassan Joho yesterday said he supports calls to amend the Constitution through a referendum.

 Joho said the Constitution has brought a lot of benefits to counties but there was need to change it for better development. 

He said governors were unfairly being blamed for lack of growth in the counties yet the National Treasury was withholding more development funds.

Read:Referendum politics negating Uhuru-Raila unity bid, says Midiwo

  “They have succeeded in building a narrative that governors are incompetent and cannot account for the billions given to them but the truth is that all the 47 counties are allocated only 15 per cent of the national resources. The rest remains with the national government,” Joho said. 

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He was speaking during a devolution sensitisation week at Makadara Ground in Mombasa.

 He said the Constitution should be amended so counties can get 50 per cent of national resources.

 “The conversation around referendum cannot be ignored any more,” he said.

Read: Referendum is a must do, not a choice

 He said the government was allocating more money to the ministries of Health, Water and Agriculture yet they are devolved functions.

 “You do not need to allocate billions to the Health ministry yet 99 per cent of health is devolved,” he said.

 Joho accused the national government of slashing allocations meant for counties by Sh9 billion.

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Attorney General files a notice of Appeal on BBI ruling

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Office of Attorney General Paul Kihara, through Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto, has filed a notice of Appeal. [File, Standard]

The office of the Attorney General intends to appeal the decision by a five-judge bench that ruled against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) process.
The bench had on Thursday, May 13, ruled that the BBI process was unconstitutional, null and void.
In a document dated May 14, Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto said that the office was dissatisfied with the court’s judgement and that it would appeal the court’s decision.
In the document, the government’s legal office said that it will move to the appellate court because the matter was of immense public interest. 
“Unless this Application for stay of execution of the order is heard urgently, there is a real risk,” the document read in part.
The five judges on the bench were Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Jairus Ngaah, Chacha Mwita and Teresia Matheka pronounced 17 issues on the BBI ruling.
The major issue raised was the President’s role in initiating change through a popular initiative.
Jointly, the judges ruled that constitutionally, President Uhuru Kenyatta cannot use popular initiative to vouch for constitutional changes.

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In the ruling, the bench said that the process did not go through public participation as is required by the law. They recommended that Kenyans are provided with printed copies for a clear comprehension of the document.
Additionally, the five legal minds also pronounced the 14-member BBI task force mandated to review areas to be amended in the constitution as illegally constituted
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Chinese FM expounds on China’s position on Palestinian-Israeli conflict » Capital News

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BEIJING, China, May 16 – Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday expounded on China’s position on the current Palestinian-Israeli conflict during a phone talk with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

In recent days, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has continuously escalated, causing huge casualties, which is distressing, said Wang, before presenting China’s views and proposals on the issue.

First, Wang said, the root cause of the deterioration of the situation is that for a long time there has not been a just solution to the Palestinian issue.

Especially, in recent years, the Middle East peace process has deviated from its original track, the UN Security Council resolutions have not been earnestly implemented and, in particular, the Palestinian right to build an independent state has been continuously violated, adding to the plight of the Palestinian people, which has led to the intensification of the Palestinian-Israeli confrontation and repeated conflicts, Wang said.

As has been proven, Wang noted, without a just settlement of the Palestinian issue, Palestine and Israel as well as the Middle East will not be able to achieve true peace.

Second, Wang said, what is pressing now is the ceasefire and cessation of violence, and the Security Council has the responsibility to seek early de-escalation.

China, as the president of the Security Council for May, has pushed the Council to hold two emergency consultations on the Palestine-Israel conflict, and has drafted a press statement, in a bid to guide the Council to take actions, he added.

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But regrettably, the Council has so far failed to reach an agreement, with the United States standing on the opposite side of international justice, Wang said, urging all members of the Council to shoulder their due responsibilities and make effective efforts to maintain regional peace and security.

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Third, Wang said, an ultimate way out of the Palestinian issue lies in the implementation of the two-state solution. China will host an open debate on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict at the UN Security Council Sunday, and expects all parties to make a unified voice on this issue.

China holds the opinion that the Security Council should reconfirm the two-state solution and urge Palestine and Israel to resume peace talks on the basis of the two-state solution as soon as possible, Wang added.

China will continue to firmly support the just cause of the Palestinian people to strive for the restoration of their legitimate national rights, support a just solution to the current issue through political dialogue, and support the UN, the League of Arab States and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in playing a constructive role in this regard, Wang said.

For his part, Qureshi said that Pakistan agrees with China’s position on the current Palestinian-Israeli conflict, supports the two-state solution and the just cause of the Palestinian people, and advocates promoting a solution through dialogue and negotiation between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.

Noting Pakistan highly appreciates China for upholding justice in the Security Council, Qureshi said his country is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with China to find ways to achieve a ceasefire and cessation of violence as well as to cool down the situation.

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