Raila to tour Coast region to drum up support for BBI

March 1st 2021 ODM leader Raila Odinga is this week set to camp in the coastal region, to popularize the Building Bridges Initiative. 

He will begin his tour in Taita Taveta County and then later visit Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River and Lamu counties.

He is also expected to have a meeting , with Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, who has declared interest in the presidency and is seeking the ODM leader’s support. 

Raila Odinga will land at Taita Hills and Salt Lick Lodges airstrip today at 3pm, and will be received by Governor Granton Samboja, local ODM MPs, MCAs and party officials.

He is scheduled to begin his mandate in Taita Taveta where leaders in the area remain divided on who will host him.

However, the County Director of Communications, Denis Onsarigo, said the governor would host the former PM for the two-day visit.

He is all expected to have a sit down, with Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, who has declared interest in the presidency and is seeking the ODM leader’s support.

On Tuesday 2nd March 2021, Raila will pay a courtesy call on the governor at his offices and thereafter inspect the ongoing construction of the new Mwatate modern market and the sub-county isolation center at the Mwatate Sub-county hospital, before addressing a political rally in the town.

Though the PM is set to Visit Voi town for a rally, ODM leaders who were in the town planning for the visit, gave conflicting information about the plans to host Raila.

On Sunday,  while drumming up support for the BBI, at a rally in Busia stadium, he said the BBI document proposals will reinforce a foundation that has brought the Government services closer to Wanainchi.

Last week on Tuesday the Constitution of Kenya amendment bill famously referred to as the BBI bill , attained the requisite 24 county assemblies endorsement and is now with the Parliament for debate .

Speaker Justin Muturi of the national assembly and his Senate counterpart Ken Lusaka have already received the confirmation from the counties and have set up an informal committee that will draw the map on how the bill will be debated in both houses.

Parliament will thereafter handover the bill to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC who will prepare for a referendum .

Majority leader in the National Assembly Amos Kimunya was quoted last week saying that the house will make available funds for a referendum even if the polls are scheduled in the current financial year.

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