Like River Nile traversing across countries flowing into the Mediterranean Sea, the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is unstoppable, this is according to ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Speaking on Wednesday after meeting with ODM and Jubilee constituency chairpersons from Nairobi County, the former prime minister said that nothing can stop the BBI report from being implemented through a referendum.
“BBI itapita wapende wasipende, the ODM and Jubilee in Nairobi have started a movement that is unstoppable, it’s like river Nile from Lake Victoria to Mediterranean Sea,” Raila said.
The Opposition supremo criticised the courts for making rulings that frustrate the BBI process. He however remains adamant that the same court will deal with all the matters arising in the justice system with the urgency they deserve.
“There is confidence that BBI is going to pass. The county of Nairobi has already started consultations with the people, with an aim of passing the bill as soon as possible,” affirmed Raila.
Raila insisted that a constitutional amendment is what the country needs before the 2022 elections.
In what looked like chiding Deputy President William Ruto, Raila said that launched a scathing attack on those opposed to a BBI referendum, claiming that they are enemies of progress.
“We would not have been here – 10 years later -speaking about entrenching devolution, rule of law, and a robust political dispensation if we had been swayed by the “NO” chorus [DP Ruto led the “NO” campaigns in 2010. Ruto was against the new Constitution of Kenya 2010. We must strive to improve lives of our people; this is the essence of devolution,” concluded Raila.
At least ten county assemblies are set to discuss the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, next week, with the intention of hurriedly passing it to the next stage.
The Bill needs the support of at least 24 out of the 47 county assemblies.