Raila Unveils New Plan After Meeting Central Leaders

  • ODM leader Raila Odinga addressing a press conference on Monday, November 23, 2020.
    ODM leader Raila Odinga addressing a press conference on Monday, November 23, 2020.
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  • ODM leader Raila Odinga on Monday, November 23, announced that the referendum drive was back on track after meeting a section of leaders in the Mt Kenya region.

    Raila spoke to journalists following a meeting on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) with 21 current and former MPs from Central Kenya.

    "We will launch signature collection by end of this week," he assured as he dismissed reports of major amendments to the BBI report.

    The BBI signature collection process was postponed the previous week.

    Raila Odinga (right) with Peter Kenneth
    Raila Odinga (right) with Peter Kenneth
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    His sentiments were echoed by Dennis Waweru and Junet Mohamed - the Joint Secretaries of the National BBI Secretariat.

    "We wish to inform all Kenyans that we shall launch the collection of signatures as it is required by law for the BBI constitutional Amendments Bill 2020 on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. The Bill is ready.

    "We call upon all Kenyans of goodwill, those who want to see an end to corruption. Ethnic antagonism, marginalization of sections of society, the empowerment of youth, women and the disabled to board the BBI train," they stated.

    They further stated that the process will take one week across the country, with the assurance that the Covid-19 health protocols will be followed.

    The signature collection phase was postponed over the late completion and publication of the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020.

    "The secretariat is working on a new date with a comprehensive program of rollout activities which will be communicated in due course,” the leadership noted at the time.

    Odinga had previously advocated for the exercise to take the shortest time possible having engaged members of county assemblies to mobilise for the process.

    “We want the collection of signatures to be done as quickly as possible,” he stated.

    ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga addressing the media on November 15, 2020.
    ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga addressing the media on November 15, 2020.
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