Raila, Uhuru to Delay BBI Release Over Health Issues

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta during an event with Raila Odinga
    President Uhuru Kenyatta during an event with Raila Odinga
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  • The release of the final Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report is set to be delayed over the Covid-19 scare at State House and the treatment of Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

    Raila Odinga flew to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, June 21, for a minor surgical operation on his back and was admitted to the Saudi German Hospital Dubai (SGH Dubai).

    President Uhuru Kenyatta has reportedly not set foot in State House after four staffers tested positive for Covid-19 as he prefers to work from the comfort of his home.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at State House for the 91st Annual St John Inspection Parade at State House in 2019
    President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at State House for the 91st Annual St John Inspection Parade at State House in 2019
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    Speaking to Daily Nation, BBI Steering Committee chairman Senator Yusuf Haji stated that the report will be released when the Uhuru and Raila are ready.

    "We have finished our report but we will wait for them to give us a date that suits them both so that we can hand over our report," he revealed.

    The mandate of the Steering Committee on the Implementation of the Building Bridges to a United Kenya Task Force is set to expire on Tuesday, June 30.

    The team was on a retreat in Machakos working round the clock to finalise the report before the expiry of their mandate.

    The Committee is comprised of Senator Haji (Chairman), Bishop Lawi Imathiu, Maison Leshomo, James Mutandura, Rose Museu, Agnes Kavindu Muthama, Professor Saeed Mwaguni, Bishop Peter Njenga, Archbishop Zaccheaus Okoth, Professor Adams Oloo, Senator Amos Wako, Dr Florence Omose, Professor Morompi ole Ronkei and Major (Rtd) John Seii.

    The release of the report is important in setting the ball rolling for a referendum with Parliament already publishing the referendum bill that is set to guide the conduct of such a poll.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta waging war on Deputy President William Ruto allies in key positions in Parliament has been viewed as a bid to hasten the process of the referendum.

    Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria on Wednesday, June 24, revealed supposed eleven changes contained in the final Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) final report.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left), watches as ODM leader Raila Odinga (centre) shakes hands with Deputy President William Ruto at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2018
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left), watches as ODM leader Raila Odinga (centre) shakes hands with Deputy President William Ruto at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2018
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