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Raila Odinga holds crucial meeting with legislators hours after BBI received mega boost[Photos]

Hours after the Building Bridges Initiative received overwhelming support across the Country paving way for the bill to go to the Parliament Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga has held a crucial meeting.

The former premier today held a closed-door consultative meeting with political leaders drawn from the West Pokot County assembly.

Taking to his social media account, Odinga thanked the members of the assembly for being the first few Counties to approve the document.   

“I met members of the West Pokot County Assembly Leadership led by Speaker Catherine Mukenyang this morning.

Their County was among the first in the Rift Valley to approve the BBI proposals. Asante West Pokot!” Wrote Raila.

Details of the agenda of the meeting are not known with the reports pointing towards the way forward for the BBI as it heads to the parliamentary stage.

The bill was yesterday passed by a record 39 county assemblies with West Pokot being among them.

Some of the assemblies who passed it during the eventful Super Tuesday include, Kakamega, Narok, Makueni, Nyamira, Taita Taveta, Kitui, Bungoma, Murang’a, Machakos, and Lamu.

Others also are, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Kirinyaga, and Garissa, with the bIll so far only been rejected by the Baringo County Assembly.

The bill has so far attracted fierce criticism from the DP Ruto allied Tanga Tanga brigade with a number of Counties in DP Ruto’s rift valley backyard and Central Kenya not wanting it.

Raila Odinga’s home County Siaya was the first to give it a go-ahead followed by their neighbors in Kisumu.  

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Written by Fred Orido

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  1. The BBI was tasked with inquiring into and making recommendations about nine areas that Kenyatta and Odinga had decided were crucial to the effort to “create a united nation for all Kenyans living today, and all future generations”. Kenyans would be forgiven if they thought this was deja vu. We have been here before. In early 2008, in the aftermath of another presidential election gone wrong and sparking widespread bloodletting, then-President Mwai Kibaki and his rival, Odinga, shook hands on what came to be known as the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation (KNDR) agreement. The Agreement had four parts. The first three were about overcoming the immediate crisis, ending the violence, dealing with the humanitarian crisis it had occasioned and dealing with the political crisis occasioned by the electoral crisis.

  2. It presented its report to President Kenyatta in May 2013, recommending investigations as well as prosecutions of over 400 politicians and government officials. For obvious reasons, the law originally gave Parliament no role in influencing its implementation, which had strict deadlines. However, 6 months after its publication, the National Assembly amended the Act to give itself the power to, in the infamous words of the leader of the majority in the National Assembly, Aden Duale, “improve” the report, with the effect that not only could inconvenient history be erased, but also implementation became hostage to Parliament’s whim. Six years later, the Assembly is yet to debate the report. It is within this context that the BBI report must be understood. Despite both the BBI and the TJRC claiming to be about fixing root causes, in reality only one was. Unlike the TJRC, the BBI was hostage to the political purposes of Kenyatta and Odinga and took its cue from them from the very beginning. It thus represents an attempt by them to hijack and frame the national conversation around the reasons for the country’s problems.

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