Former National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale has softened his hard stand against the BBI report after attending a meeting chaired by Raila Odinga. Duale met Raila in the company of leaders from the Pastoralists Parliamentary Group and the Frontier counties.
The leaders have resolved to reduce their recommendations on the BBI proposal into both constitutional ammendments and legislative ammendments. Duale hopes that their recommendations will be included and adopted by the BBI technical team.
This change of heart comes days after the tough-talking lawmaker, flanked by other leaders addressed the media from a city hotel. The group swore to oppose the report if their irreducible minimums were not captured in the final bill. Speaking at the past presser, Turkana county boss Josephat Nanok also expressed his disappointment on the BBI taskforce for not including their earlier submissions.
The Garissa Township MP has now committed to throw his weight behind the report if their wishes are addressed.
Here is Duale’s latest public statement on the BBI process;
Following our meeting last week The Pastoralist Parliamentary Group and Frontier counties (FCDC) have engaged a techinical team comprising legal drafters. We have reduced our recommendation on the BBI proposal into both constitutional amendments (Referendum) and legislative amendments (parliamentary initiative) which has been presented to the BBI technical team for inclusion and adoption during a breakfast meeting by the sections of our PPG and FCDC leadership in the presence of Hon. Raila Odinga.
We have issues cut out on behalf of the people whom we represent.We await the final bill that will carry the interest and aspirations of the pastoralist, marginalized and minorities in Kenya in order to have a broad-based consensus constitutional reforms. We represent the interest of the pastoralist within the bigger Kenyan interest. God bless Kenya.