Gatundu South lawmaker Moses Kuria has dismissed the ongoing debate about a possible referendum as proposed by Opposition Chief Raila Odinga.

According to the controversial MP, the country should shun referendum politics and focus its energy on development instead. He was speaking during Gatundu KMTC’s open day on Wednesday.

Kuria stated that the country cannot engage in a referendum that is “meant to create employment for three old men at the expense of millions of Kenyan youth”.

“A referendum will put us in a politicking mood and an opportunity to hurl insults at one another while critical issues like hospitals, colleges and roads take a back seat.”

The lawmaker also urged Kenyans to rethink the handshake between ODM leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru.

“Kenyans must rethink their take on the handshake since the country has other issues which require urgent attention,” the MP said.

The remarks came days after Moses Kuria had stated, “In the 2022 General Elections there will be 7 ballot boxes- President, Governor, Senator, Women Rep, MP, MCA, and Referendum. Any constitutional changes passed at that referendum will take effect in 2027. This will be the practice in all future General Elections.”

Referendum talk started after Raila, during the fifth annual devolution conference in Kakamega, proposed the creation of a three-tier system of government with a view of entrenching devolution.

During the Wednesday event, Moses Kuria, flanked by Health PS Peter Tum and KMTC chairman Prof Philip Kaloki opened six lecture halls and presented a college bus funded through the NG-CDF.