ODM leader Raila Odinga [photo: Mzalendo]
Nov, 11th 2020 – ODM leader Raila Odinga has dismissed any amendments for the BBI report following pressure from leaders allied to DP William Ruto. DP Ruto and leaders around him have stated that their views were not factored in, in the report even as Raila confirmed to allow editorial amendments on statements that appear vague such as those of the pastoralist communities who claim their views were not recorded as collected.
ODM leader Odinga met a group of leaders from the pastoralist community on Monday. these leaders were pushing for amendments in the report. The Media portraying Odinga as having promised the group to accommodate their views. However, Odinga said that the report can only be edited on areas that sound vague.
However on Tuesday, Odinga said, “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.”
In a joint statement read by Tharaka MP George Muragara on behalf of the leaders demanded that all voices be heard and the views incorporated in the report before it can be voted for or against.
Muragara said, “A constitutional amendment is a sacred national duty that should be divorced from the whims of partisan politics. All stakeholders’ responses to the BBI report must be listened to and sufficiently addressed. We strongly condemn lone greedy voices who are keen on locking out other Kenyans from this process.”
The leaders demanded for further consultation touching on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. They protested that the BBI task foece rejected a memorandum by Kuria community in Migori. Unless their issues are addressed, Odinga’s latest statement could fuel more anxiety from Ruto and his allies who have vowed to oppose the BBI report.