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|Raila hints BBI report to be released in September, warns of new political storm by Saocv(m): Mon Aug 2019 02:43pm|
Raila said the BBI team was in the process of writing a report which will be made public next month
He said if the team recommends a plebiscite, then that is the route they will take and urged Kenyans to support it
- The push for constitutional amendment is, however, facing strong opposition from a section of leaders
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has hinted the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) team will present their report to Kenyans in September 2019.
The former prime minister reiterated the much anticipated BBI report will set stage for a new referendum to amend the constitution, a move that is already facing major resistancefrom a section of politicians.
Raila who was addressing the residents of Kibra at Kamukunji grounds on Sunday, August 24, during unveiling of ODM party aspirants for the area MP's seat, which fell vacant following death of Ken Okoth, warned those opposed to the plebiscite will be swept by a new political storm.
"The BBI is currently writing a report to be made public next month (in September). It will be published for Kenyans to give their views then we go for a referendum. I have seen a storm...these are signs it's going to rain," said the ODM leader amid applause from the crowd.
He indicated the views collected by the BBI team were good and urged Kenyans to support the proposed constitutional change to fix what he believes are the many ills bedeviling the country including election violation every five years.
The former premier also once again poured cold water on the Thirdway Alliance party's Punguza Mizigo initiative telling Kenyans to ignore it.
"If the BBI team recommends a referendum, then we will go for it. Ignore those bringing other initiatives,” he said.
Among those skeptical of the referendum push and who Raila appeared to suggest would be swept away by the looming political storm is Deputy President William Ruto and his allies.
The DP most recently told off leaders calling for the constitutional change claiming they were disturbing Kenyans with unnecessary referendum campaigns.
Ruto who was speaking in Tigania East, Meru county, on August 17, 2019, called on fellow politicians to instead focus on development matters.
"They are disturbing us with a lot of politics saying we should amend the constitution. They should leave us alone...only Kenyans know what they want,” the DP said in Swahili in veiled attack against Raila and his allies.
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