Raila Denies Being Shortchanged On Final BBI Report

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Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga on Thursday, November 26 dismissed claims that he was unaware of the changes made to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) document.

Through his spokesman Dennis Onyango, the ODM boss stated that his remarks on certain issues that were no longer in the BBI document during the launch of signature collection drive at KICC was just away to highlight some of the contested proposals that found their way to the report.

According to the former Prime Minister, he was party to the amendments of some of the contentious issues in the BBI Bill 2020 adding that his Wednesday’s statements were meant to explain that not all views, however strongly held, including his, were accepted into the bill.

Raila however, maintained that the removed contentious proposals should not be a reason for actors to oppose the process.

“Mr. Odinga was party to the changes and in agreement with the contents of the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2020,” his spokesperson Dennis Onyango said in a statement.

A section of the local media had alleged that Raila was not privy to some of the changes on the report after the ODM boss spoke strongly on the controversial proposals to have political parties determine those nominated to the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and to have the Judicial Ombudsman appointed by the president.

President Uhuru Kenyatta signing the BBI report at KICC on November 22, 2020. Photo/Courtesy

It later emerged that these recommendations were dropped from the final report presented to the leaders during the launch of signature collection drive.

The former Prime Minister expressed his confidence on the report stating that come Kenyans will out in large numbers and sign the BBI form in record time.

“It is a great time to be in Kenya and to participate in the making of history. In these chapters, we are working on our hopes not fears in search of the unity and prosperity we all desire.”

“By appending our signatures today after going through the bill, you are stamping a seal of approval on the process,” Raila said.

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