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Daily Nation : August 27th 2013
SPORT INSIDE BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE Gunners manager Wenger claims the media has brainwashed Arsenal fans with negative publicity. P.55 SCHOOL GAMES UPPER HILL, SHIMBA HILLS CRUISE IN UG National champions make light work of opponents in regional championships. P.53 BY NATION TEAM firstname.lastname@example.org The African Inland Church yesterday criticised politicians pushing for a referendum to change the Constitution. Bishop Silas Yego said although he supported the call for more money to be given to the counties, the country did not need a ref- erendum just months after the General Election. “We should give the new government breathing space. Even if the allocations to the counties should be increased to 40 per cent, there are some logistics which should be worked out,” he said. He went on: “The counties enjoy national government good will. The national government should be given the benefit of doubt to implement devolution,” Bishop Yego said. Bishop Yego said the Jubi- lee administration should be given time and judged after two years on its achieve- ments. “We need healing in this country. Those in the opposi- tion should also know this is their country and stop trying to fix one another.” He asked leaders to stop politicking and concentrate on development matters. The bishop said Kenyans should emulate Western countries like the UK and the US where politics ends immediately after the elec- tion irrespective of the outcome. Cord, the civil society and governors are pushing for a referendum to strengthen the Senate. Council of Governors chairman Isaac Rutto said he would start collecting six million signatures next month in support of the referendum, to strengthen the Senate, increase alloca- tions to counties to more than 40 per cent of national revenue and allow devolved units to handle such roles as constructing schools and giving bursaries to needy students. “The referendum is not about Cord, Jubilee or Transition Authority but to protect devolution. Devo- lution is not CDF, Uwezo Fund or being told to use that money first or to keep quiet,” Mr Rutto said. He said counties should also be allowed to handle rural electrification and roads docket. Church faults push to alter supreme law DEVOLUTION | Governors are seeking more cash Bishop says Kenya does not need a referendum just months after polls ‘‘ We should give the new government breathing space” Bishop Silas Yego STOP! | Officer controls traffic flow JEFF ANGOTE I NATION Corporal Jane Mumo of Makongeni Police Station controls the traffic at the Jogoo/Lusaka/Landhies roads roundabout in Nairobi, yesterday. She wakes up at 4am and guides the flow of vehicles on the busy road until 10am when the jam eases. DAILY NATION Tuesday August 27, 2013 Download free QR Readers from the web and scan this QR (Quick Response) code with your smart phone for pictures, videos and more stories.
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