As the debate over the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report continues across the country, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has strongly dismissed critics of the document.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his BBI co-principal Raila Odinga held a meeting with top five political party leaders at state house Nairobi and resolved to allow another opportunity for a review of the recommendations of the BBI report to accommodate the dissenting views.
During the burial of eminent constitutional lawyer Nzamba Kitonga in Mutito, Kitui, yesterday Sunday November 8, 2020, the debate over the Building Bridges Initiative report featured from the speakers during the event with ODM leader Raila Odinga strongly dismissing critics of the document.
ODM leader Raila Odinga said those opposed to the BBI process to change the country’s governance structure were the same group that campaigned against changes to the Supreme law in 2010.
“The same people who told us then that the 2010 Constitution was bad are the same one going around telling people that the document was good and it didn’t need any amendments.” Raila said.
He also dismissed those who are calling for further talks and amendments on the BBI report stating that they are not honest with their intentions.
“In 2010, they told us the new Constitution had provisions which would legalise abortion, gay rights and that 20 per cent of the document needed polishing. Why are they now opposed to the BBI efforts to amend the country’s laws?” asked Mr. Odinga.
He maintained that the BBI process was not about who will be the President in 2022, but securing a better future for Kenyans.
This comes after Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua claimed that Kitui was disadvantaged in terms of size and that the BBI report should include proposals to split it to create Mwingi County.
President Uhuru Kenyatta a closed door meeting with top five political party leaders at state house Nairobi to discuss the way forward for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report and the referendum.
During the meeting that was chaired by the President and ODM leader Raila Odinga with the top five political leaders, the leaders reportedly resolved to form a committee that will document the divergent views geared to fine tune the report before coming up with the constitution amendment bill which will head for county assemblies for debate.