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Diaspora urges Kenyans to reject federal government

Posted by African Press International on December 23, 2007

Nairobi (Kenya) Kenyans living in the United States of America (USA) have rejected a proposed federal system of governance popularly known as Majimbo being advocated by the country\s opposition ahead of the 27 December general elections, warning that it would weaken Kenya\s solidarity as a nation in the volatile east African region.

Kenyans living in the Diaspora asked Kenyans to reject the Majimbo system that is being advocated by the Orange Democratic Movement led by opposition front runner, Raila Odinga, and the Orange Democratic Movement-Kenyas leader Kalonzo Musyoka, saying that the prevailing confusion and misunderstanding of the practicability of Majimboism in the country\s society could lead to evictions of Kenyans currently living in harmony among their neighbours and in-laws, citing the 1992 tribal clashes experienced in the country that led to many Kenyans being killed and displaced within the country.

\”The belief and interpretation by some sections of our society that equity in distribution of resources might mean forcefully or cunningly taking away resources from hardworking Kenyans and dishing it away, will demoralise and hence retard the current pace of economic growth. The Soviet Union and the Tanzania under socialism are cases in point,\” the Diaspora Kenyans said in a press statement issued in Nairobi Saturday.

The statement further asked the opposition to assure Kenyans that if they assume power no culprit, regardless of their ethnicity, religion or federal government, would get away with cold blooded murder of their fellow Kenyans.

There has been raging debate in the country over Majimbo ahead of the elections with President Mwai Kibaki seeking re-election for a second term on his Party of National Unity ticket, saying Majimbo was a recipe for ethnic strife in the country.

A poll carried out by the country\s leading research firm indicated that 44 percent of Kenyans also opposed Majimboism.

Published by Korir, API/APN africanpress@chello.no source.apa

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