In the wake of the ruling in which The Court of Appeal upheld the High Court judgment declaring the Bridging Bridges Initiative unconstitutional, Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga has issued his first statement.
In their ruling, the appellate judges poked holes into the whole BBI process, accusing its promoters of failing to follow the right procedure and declared it null and void.
Raila, through his official social media page, stated that the ruling is not the end of the conversation but forms part of the continuing conversation on the future of the country.
He argued that the parties involved in the process will move and make their own decisions after the judgment. However, he resigned to fate saying it is time to move.
“It is likely that today’s Court of Appeal ruling is not the end of the conversation and the parties involved will each make their own decisions on how to proceed from the decision that has been delivered today. But we feel that we have to move on,” Raila stated.
“This is not an indication of our regard to this noble initiative. Far from that, we feel that we must now see the forest for the trees, and pursue the bigger goal of setting the rest of the issues facing this country right.”
The former Prime Minister further noted that the Building Bridges Initiative was never a destination but a journey in an ever-evolving way of life.
“Without doubt, we shall deal with all the issues in the months and years that will unfold onwards,” added Raila.
In their ruling, justices Daniel Musinga, Roselyn Nambuye, Hannah Okwengu, Patrick Kiage, Gatembu Kairu, Fatuma Sichale and Francis Tuiyott noted that the process undermined the doctrine of the basic structure of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 hence remains null and void.
The ruling caused excitement in DP Ruto’s circles on Friday, August 20, with the judges outlining three major thematic areas that were highly contested including the basic structure doctrine, popular initiative and public participation.