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Prime Minister Raila Odinga has told the Luo and Abagusii communities that the new Constitution had given them an opportunity to unite and clinch the presidency. He told a burial meeting in South Mugirango the new constitution had provided Nyanza people the opportunity to work together politically. Raila asked the two communities to unite and use their numerical strength as an advantage and vote as a bloc. "We have to unite first as Nyanza before seeking support at national level. We have the numbers as per the census results to jumpstart our quest to form the next government if we remain united," he said. He said the new constitutional dispensation would foster the elusive unity between the Luo and Abagusii communities and boost his bid for the presidency in the next General Election. The Prime Minister said the 2012 voting pattern would be similar to the one shown during the referendum where Nyanza overwhelmingly voted as a bloc for the new Constitution. On the raging debate over the fate over the Provincial Administration, the PM said the administrators would be assigned new duties just like any other civil servants. "Regional Commissioners will be clerks to governors. The post of PC is no longer viable. We don’t want to pour old wine into new bottles," he noted. Raila said there was no problem with recent appointments of DCs, adding that they were mere civil servants who can be deployed anywhere. "This system is working in other foreign countries and yet there are no DCs and chiefs. There is no cause for alarm," added the PM. Last week, Internal Security ministry proposed the creation 23 administrative regions from the eight provinces to be governed by Regional Commissioners. Saitoti said most of the core functions of the Provincial Administration particularly the co-ordination of Government business are still vested on the national Government.