Raila Holds BBI Talks With Chinese Ambassador

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Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday, November 10 met with Chinese ambassador to Kenya Zhou Pingjian.

Taking to his social media pages, Raila revealed that he held talks with the Chinese Ambassador at his Capitol Hill offices where they discussed local and global issues, including the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

The former Prime Minister reiterated that there won’t be significant amendment to the BBI report ahead of the scheduled referendum in 2020.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga with China’s ambassador to Kenya Zhou Pingjian at his Capitol Hill offices. Photo/Courtesy

“The report is basically done and there is little likelihood that new ideas will be pushed into it. However, there are groups that feel their views were not captured in the manner they were presented during the collection of views and those are the corrections we are promising to make,” said Raila.

The two leaders also talked on the search for COVID-19 vaccine and the recently concluded US elections and its implications to the world.

Raila welcomed China’s move to scale up its support for infrastructure development in Kenya and Africa.

“The world needs a speedy return to multilateralism and co-operation in managing global affairs, including COVID-19 and climate change,” he added.

According to Raila, Pingjian pledged China’s support in ensuring African countries get accessed to a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine when it will be available in the market.

He also reiterated China’s interest in Kenya’s industrial development.

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