Constitutional Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi has hit out at President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for applying illegitimate tactics to amend the constitution through the BBI process.
Abdullahi says that Kenyans waited for over three decades to enjoy the fruits of a progressive constitution and allowing Uhuru and Raila to assault the document is a threat to democracy in the country.
“The BBI is not a reviewing of the constitution; it’s an illegitimate process and an unconstitutional way to amend the constitution. It’s just two men who decided on their own motion without any prodding that the constitution needs to be amended. They did not consult Kenyans and if they did, they consulted in a very cavalier manner.” Abdullahi said.
The lawyer was speaking to NTV on Sunday, September 20.
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He further bemoaned the fragile nature of the 2010 constitution, noting that Kenyans should be given a chance to make informed decisions before the BBI process is forced on them by two individuals Uhuru and Raila).
He expounded further, saying: “The constitution is a solid document that took Kenyans three decades to have it…and it belongs to the entire country. When two men decide on their own motion they want to amend the constitution, it shows how fragile our constitutional set up is.”
Abdullahi who has been a firm supporter of Jubilee government since 2013, further told off the president for initiating the BBI process without consulting the people who got him into power.
The flamboyant Senior Counsel also took a swipe at Raila Odinga, saying that he has zero mandate to change the constitution since he is not elected or holds a constitutional office that gives him powers to amend the constitution.
“I voted for Uhuru three times and he is not acting for me…. has not consulted me and has not consulted Kenyans and Raila has no mandate from anybody since he is not elected and holds no office.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Leader Raila Odinga are at the fore front advocating for a referendum to amend the constitution with BBI as the launching pad.
Yesterday, Odinga was in Kisumu to drum up support for the BBI as he continues his countrywide tours to popularise the clamour to amend the constitution by expanding the executive to include a Prime Minister and two deputies.