Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has reiterated that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) train is on, dismissing any room for amendments in the final report.
Speaking after meeting with 21 former and current Mt. Kenya region MPs in Karen, Nairobi, Raila said the leaders had vowed to support the report and even invited him to central Kenya on popularisation campaigns.
The former prime minister insisted that COVID-19 containment measures will be followed in these campaigns, including wearing masks and observing social distancing.
“Just like BREXIT, With referendums all over the world, there are those who will support it and those who will oppose it. That is what democracy is all about,” said Raila.
Deputy President William Ruto and religious groups are some of the parties that have expressed concern over the final report, saying that it has either neglected the recommendations of some Kenyans or it will not solve issues facing the country, if passed as it is.
Among the bone of contention in the BBI report is the consolidation of powers to the president, with both DP Ruto and Catholic Bishops union saying that “this will revert us back to imperial presidency.”
Among the MPs who attended the meeting with Raila Odinga include but not limited to Former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth, Majority leader Amos Kimunya, Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, Kiambu Woman Rep. Gathoni Wamuchomba, Kieni MP Kanini Kega, Igenbe North MP Maoka Maore, Muturi Kigano (Kangema MP), Joseph Nduati (Gatanga) and Mary Wamaua (Maragua).
Signature collection drive
Meanwhile, the BBI steering committee announced the journey of collecting one million signatures to support the initiative will be launched on Wednesday, November 25.
The committee’s co-chairperson Dennis Waweru said that the process will be launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga at the Kenyatta International Convention Center.
The drafting of the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020 was yet to be finalised last week leading to the postponement of the exercise. But Co-Chairperson Junet Mohamed says that the bill is now ready.