We shall respect court’s decision on BBI; Raila Odinga says.

ODM chief Raila Odinga said that as an appeal they would follow the court’s decision on the Bridges Initiative (BBI).

Speaking on Radio Citizen this morning, Raila said he and President Uhuru Kenyatta would not oppose the democracy they fought for.

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“When the lower court declared the BBI process illegal, we respected its decision but sought a solution from the high court. Our teams presented our case and we were well defended, I believe the judges will be fair in their decision and give justice to the Kenyan people,” Raila said. he said.

Raila said the country has come a long way in the struggle for democracy that it enjoys today.

“So we cannot oppose what we fought for, if the court’s decision is against us, we will respect their decision,” he said.

On May 13, 2021, Raila and Uhuru suffered a major blow when the Supreme Court overturned the BBI’s push for constitutional change, citing the fate of the deal in limbo.

A bench comprised of Judges Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Jairus Ngaah, Teresia Matheka and Chacha Mwita confirmed the combined case of eight applicants that the Constitution contains important elements on its fundamental structure that cannot be changed.

The petitioners further stated that the BBI’s reform campaign was not the will of the people, but in view of the change in political and social and economic interests.

The court ruled that the BBI secretariat and the steering committee did not provide relevant information to the public, as reported in the constitutional amendment procedures through a popular program.

The court also found that the President could not initiate the process of amending the Constitution on the pretext of promoting national unity.

The partners in the handshake, went to the Court of Appeal, which is due to make a decision on August 20.

Court of Appeal President Daniel Musinga said a panel of seven judges who heard the case deliberately considered the end of a four-day hearing last week.

“We discussed the date (August 20) by examining the status of the case and the volume before us,” said Judge Musinga.

Raila, who is the African Union’s special representative for infrastructure, said while the decision was in favor of shaking hands, it was still possible for the country to hold a referendum before the 2022 general election.

“I think reggae is still working, don’t worry. We continued during the break because some players were injured, but we will be back,” he said.

Raila said that while the IEBC has raised concerns about the times, that does not stop them from holding a referendum.

“Although the case is still in court until December, I think it is possible for us to hold a referendum before the election,” he said.

The former prime minister said the referendum call was based on the BBI’s proposals aimed at reducing the burden on ordinary citizens.

While ignoring allegations that President Uhuru Kenyatta wants to extend his term through a referendum, Raila said the head of state was clear and consistent in his remarks that he did not ask for an extra day in government.

“If this referendum is passed, it will be a great relief to ordinary citizens. For example, the Prime Minister will be a Member of Parliament who receives a salary from Parliament. We will not have cabinet secretaries outside Parliament as we do now. Instead, all ministers will be MPs, ā€¯Raila explained.

According to him, current payments to county governments are not enough because a lot of money is spent on paying the salaries of public servants.

“The BBI is looking to have an increase in allocations to county governments that will see these divided units improve service delivery,” he said.

“We are not forcing a referendum on the Kenyan people as alleged. These are proposals to improve governance across the country, Kenyans will have the final say and if they say no we cannot force them otherwise.” Said Raila.

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