Since yesterday afternoon, 26th November, ODM leader Raila Odinga has been the talk of the internet after something suspicious happened during the launch of the collection of signatures for the BBI Referendum Bill.
The former Prime Minister sounded clueless on several issues contained in Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.
Raila, for instance, vehemently defended the clause proposing that the major political parties nominate commissioners to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
He recalled the 2002 election that has been hailed as the most transparent in Kenya’s history, noting that some commissioners in the then electoral body had been fronted by political parties.
“No one is 100 per cent impartial. Even if it is the Pope, he will go to the ballot and vote for someone,” he said.
But President Uhuru Kenyatta contradicted the Orange party leader, revealing that after consultations, the proposal had been removed.
Kenyans felt that the opposition had been left in the dark, as the President amended the document without reaching out to his ‘Handshake’ partner Raila.
However, the ODM boss has issued a statement, clarifying that he was aware of the all the changes that were made to the final document.
According to Raila’s spokesperson, Dennis Onyango, some people wanted to scuttle the BBI.
“We wish to clarify that Mr Odinga was party to the changes and in agreement with the contents of the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
“He used yesterday’s event to highlight the contested proposals that found their way into the Bill as well as those that were removed and also to make the point that not all views were accepted,” Onyango said.