Even as the country is facing the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, members of the parliament aligned to ODM have insisted that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) reggae is still on and reverberating. This is according to the co-chairs of the Secretariat Junet Mohamed and Dennis Waweru.O
Speaking on Tuesday, the two lawmakers dismissed claims that the secretariat had been closed down and all its functions moved to the office of the President. Dennis Waweru said the rumours are ‘wishful thinking’ by opponents of the BBI process, insisting that the secretariat is still functional.
Junet Mohammed on the other hand added that they are still undertaking their role and all they are waiting for is Parliament to pass the Bill then forward it to the President.
“I am very hopeful, that we will have a referendum by July this year, take this from me,” Junet said.
In the recent past, the Building Bridges Initiative process has been undergoing challenges with some unconfirmed rumours of political differences between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ex Prime Minister, Raila Odinga.
However Junet dismissed talks of political differences putting the blames on ‘enemies’ of ODM for creating the rumours.
The vocal ODM and close friend to Raila said the BBI is a product of ODM and there is no chance of the party running away from their own initiative.
“We have some small boys who have come in late, and who are trying to push ODM out of BBI, I want to assure you, that will not happen, we will not walk away from BBI which is a product of the handshake.” he said.
As much as the duo has come out to express their confidence, the process has suffered another hitch after parliament was adjourned in line with COVID-19 control measures until May.
Members of the National Assembly and the Senate have proceeded for the break leaving the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020 stuck with the joint legal committees.
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has also questioned the possibility of a referendum happening too close to a general election.
the chairman of the Council Of Governors (CoG), said holding two elections within 12 months would be too expensive for the country and instead suggested that funds set aside for referendum be used to combat effects of COVID-19 on the economy.
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