There is Little Chance of Adding New Ideas to Report, Raila Tells BBI Critics

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Just a day after meeting leaders from pastoralist communities and expressing willingness to amend the BBI report to solve all the contentious issues, ODM party leader Raila Odinga has dealt those opposing the report a new blow.

In what was seen as a direct response to reports that he had bowed out to Ruto’s demands to have the report amended, Raila said there are little chances that the new ideas will be incorporated into the final report before going for a referendum.

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Raila, through his official Twitter page, stated that the team was instead going to do some ‘editorial’ work on the report to make it clear to various groups which had demanded amendments.

In particular, Raila noted that the things which are going to be edited are some provisions that are deemed not clear by the pastoralist communities and not necessarily getting rid of some clauses or introducing new ones as demanded by Ruto’s team.

“There is significantly little chance of significant new ideas being brought into the BBI document ahead of the referendum, except for editorial work to make it explicit on demands by various groups where it sounds vague or general, as is the case with the issues of pastoralists,” stated Raila

He added that only those views that were not captured in the manner they were presented during views collections, were going to be reviewed and edited, unlike Ruto’s demands which were never presented to the committee during their nationwide tours.

“It 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” he added

Raila’s remarks were, however, rubbished by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, who came out to mock him over what he termed as indecisiveness.

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