Former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama has dismissed the constitutional change clamour, saying it will only open more loopholes to loot.
Instead, Muthama said the country needs a disciplined leadership rather than changing the constitution after every election.
“I don’t see the reason why we want to rush to change the Constitution after every election. What we need in Kenya is not amending the Constitution but a strong leadership that can protect Kenyans’ public resources,” Muthama said.
Muthama said even if the Constitution is changed a hundred times, but the leadership remains as it is, then we are looking for another way to steal. “It will now not just be through the Office of the President, his deputy and Cabinet secretaries, we will add the office of the prime minister who will steal without being asked as well as his or her deputy. What we want is a well-disciplined leaders,” Muthama said.
Muthama effectively differs with his Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, who is on record backing and expanded Executive.
This is the route that many suspect the Building Bridges Initiative will propose, effectively resulting in a referendum.
Kalonzo is for a constitutional review but is opposed to the scrapping of the Senate.
In June, Kalonzo said if the Building Bridges Initiative task force recommended amendment of the Constitution, then the government would present a supplementary budget to the National Assembly.
“We should not worry about where we will get the money even if the 2019-2020 budget has not captured [the referendum]. A supplementary budget can be prepared,” Kalonzo said.