ODM leader Raila Odinga now says that he has fully recovered from his recent back surgery that has kept him away from active duty for a couple of weeks.
Speaking to the press in Kisumu County on the current state of affairs in the country, Raila noted that the treatment he received outside the country was successful and his body is in great shape.
On matters BBI, Raila said that the banning of political rallies due to covid-19 pandemic was just a small hitch, and that he is determined to see that a referendum is held prior to 2022 elections.
“We did the last BBI rally in Meru, immediately after we had the first case of COVID-19 and an embargo was put on all activities. Thereafter I was a little bit unwell and went out of the country for treatment. I want to tell people that I’m back and I feel very well.” said Raila.
On Thursday, Raila told reporters that BBI was on half time and that the clamor for constitutional change through a referendum was unstoppable.
And with Raila now feeling well, it is now a matter of when not if that the BBI steering committee will present their report to him and the president, in preparation for a plebiscite.
“They said reggae stopped. It did not stop. It only went for half time. Players have been getting massage and instructions from coaches,” he said at Chungwa House on Thursday.
During the Thursday event, Raila told the Chairman of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Wafula Chebukati to get ready for a vote, arguing that the referendum will only cost the tax-payer 2 billion shillings.
“There is money and we can teach Chebukati how to do it. We are going to show them how to do it…some people say there is no money for a referendum. That it is very expensive. Others say billions of shillings have been spent on BBI. This is wrong. We do not need to use billions in a referendum. The money issue should not arise,” he said.
In his proposition for a referendum to be held before 2022 elections, Raila argued that voters will be confused by the many ballots.
“When there are six ballots and you want to add another one to illiterate voters, it will not work,” he argued.