Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga on Friday, February 26, 2021 dismissed claims that he is pushing for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill to further his 2022 presidential political interest.
While addressing mourners in Kisii during the funeral service for former Bonchari Member of Parliament Oroo Oiyoka, the former Prime Minister maintained that his handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta was meant to address a wide range of problems facing the country.
The opposition Chief said that he is not using the BBI as a back door to the State House, stating that it’s only Kenyans who can make him the president.
“Hii BBI si mlango ambao Raila anatumia kama mlango wa nyuma ati aingie State House, hapana. Raila akitaka kuenda State House wananchi watampeleka yeye. Hii ni kitu itadumu na itasaidia kizazi hiki na vizazi vingine ambavyo vinakuja katika taifa letu,” Raila said.
This comes after Deputy President William Ruto who has declared his interest for the top seat come 2022 general election had claimed that some leaders want to use BBI to get to the house on the hill through the back door.
Raila made his remarks ahead of countrywide campaigns to popularize the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill.
The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Secretariat co-chairs Junet Mohamed and Dennis Waweru had announced that they will kick off the BBI bill public popularisation rallies next week.
Speaking at the Secretariat offices on Wednesday, the two said the road to the referendum with a majority of county assemblies endorsing the Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill 2020.
“Referendum is just like an election, we have to go out there and campaign and we’re prepared. In two or three weeks’ time when Parliament passes the bill, we expect the IEBC to give us a date for the referendum,” said Junet, who is also the Suna East MP.