President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Leader Raila Odinga [Photo: Council of Foreign Relations]
Nov, 18th 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Leader Raila Odinga are set to launch the official collection of signatures to support the Building Bridges Initiative. Addressing the media yesterday, Odinga said that the exercise will begin on Thursday this week and be completed within a week.
The ODM leader said, “On Thursday, me and the President will lead the country in launching the collection of signatures. We want it to be done as quickly as possible so that by latest end of next week we shall have concluded the exercise.”
Later the document will be presented to the Electoral Commission and published ready for distribution to Kenyans, to read and understand.
“There will be some leaders who will also sign that day. There after, the copies are going to be sent to all counties and to constituencies and wards and we want this signature collection to be quickly as possible.”
His announcement comes a day after The Deputy President William Ruto trashed the BBI recommendations as a ‘bad document’ and warned against refusing to open it for amendments. He expressed regret on how the product had turned out terming it as ‘highly controversial and with so many glaring gaps’
He said, “Those driving the BBI should not tell Kenyans that they have no time for further amendments. If we cannot enrich the document, then we would end up with a bad Constitution because its work was entirely unprofessional.”
Elsewhere, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, has urged youths to support the Building Bridges Initiative. Speaking in Kajiado, Moi told the young people, to read and understand the document, saying it addresses a number of issues affecting the Kenyan Youths. He also urged Kenyans, to give recommendations, that will improve the document.
Senator Gideon said, “There has never been a perfect document in the world. It’s only the Bible and the Quran that we can say are perfect. All the other documents can be amended. Let all Kenyans, including the youths, have a chance to read this document. The youths will have about 30 per cent of tenders to uplift their lives. That’s why we are saying the document is the best for all people.”