ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna has gone back on his word after he vowed to resign if Thirdway Alliance manages to get one million signatures in their Punguza Mizigo campaign.
In a Twitter post, Sifuna said he was misquoted and does not recall uttering those words. He further adds that he would rather die than resign from his post.
Sifuna termed the move by Thirdway Alliance getting over one million signatures as pyrrhic “victory” meaning it is a victory that inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is similar to defeat.
Edwin Sifuna in an earlier interview with a local media house showed he was confident that Thirdway Alliance’s venture would not go far.
“I want to say in front of this country, if Thirdway Alliance is able to raise one million signatures, I will resign as the Secretary-General of ODM. I know for a fact they cannot do it,” Sifuna said.
His backtrack comes after a section of Kenyans on Twitter called on him to resign after what he deemed impossible came to fruition.
IEBC confirmed that the Punguza Mzigo initiative had garnered more than one million signatures with the commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati asserting that they were satisfied with the process and the number of signatures.
The Ekuru Aukot-led team now have the go-ahead to push their agenda to the 47 county assemblies, where they need more than half to agree with them before they proceed to the next level.
The initiative seeks to reduce the financial burden that is taking a toll on Kenyans due to the high public wage bill caused by over-representation and gigantic salaries for elected leaders.
Aukot said some of the issues they want to address through a referendum include reducing salaries of the president and other elected leaders, reducing the presidency term to only one of seven years and reducing the number of representative posts.