The Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to Building Bridges Initiative(BBI) and the constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill that is a product of BBI process.
Speaking publicly for the first time since his isolation after contracting covid-19, ODM leader Raila Odinga reaffirmed the party’s commitment to the spirit of the Handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
” In the spirit of handshake and the wider goals of the BBI Amendment Bill, we agreed on the need for parliament to fast track the process and release the document to the public,” Raila said.
He said that they agreed on the need for parliament to fasten the process and release the document to the public to have a final say on the changes of the BBI.
“Parliament should fast track the process and release the document to the public to enable the people of Kenya to have a final say on the envisaged changes to the constitution via a referendum,” he said.
Further, he is adamant that the BBI must be subjected to a referendum because it entails a fundamental reorganization of the architecture of the executive, as such, Raila says Kenyans must have a say in this restructuring.
Raila met with party officials yesterday to discuss recent developments in the country including the on going countrywide vaccination and the state of the country’s economy.
He tested positive for the virus on March 11 when he checked into Nairobi Hospital for a series of tests after complaining of fatigue when he returned from a five-day tour of the Coast region where he had drummed up support for the Building Bridges Initiative.