BBI opponents in for a rude shock, Raila warns

ODM leader Raila Odinga has warned that the opponents of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) are in for a rude shock.

Speaking in Mvita constituency, a day after the Court of Appeal announced August 20th as the date when the awaited BBI appeal ruling will be made, Odinga restated that the process of amending the constitution was unstoppable.

Odinga who graced the launch of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) sponsorship programme in the constituency seized the opportunity to drum up support for BBI stating it will improve the country’s health sector.

Amid applause from the crowds, Odinga termed celebrations by those against the initiative as short-lived noting that nothing can deny Kenyans the antidote to the country’s cycle of post-election violence.

“Reggae is just on half time. We will back because nobody can stop Reggae” he reiterated.

The former Prime Minister who has mainly focused on the BBI, Saturday talked about being part of the next government validating his quest for the top political post, even though he did not declare whether he will be on the ballot next year.

He further downplayed Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s presidential ambition instead,  choosing to assure that the party will conduct free and fair presidential nominations.

Joho who appeared to be seeking endorsement from the party leader announced that ODM will form the next government and that he would be gunning for the top seat.

Odinga decried what he termed massive corruption perpetrated by a section of public officers and warned that once he takes the reins of power next year after the August 2022 general poll, the graft lords will be jailed and the proceeds seized.

“Me and Kibaki under the Narc government conceptualized the SGR project, tendered at a low cost but when Jubilee came to power, they cancelled the tender, retendered it at a high cost,” he said.

He hailed Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir for the NG-CDF funded healthcare programme in partnership with the national insurance that will ease the burden for medical expenses for 3000 households.

Odinga observed that the majority of Kenyans do not have medical insurance.

“ Only 3pc of the population have access to health insurance. Covid 19 has shown how risky reliance on the pocket to pay for healthcare can be with many falling into poverty every year” he noted

“Dropping into poverty or death is an infection away. Kenyans are crying for health subsidies. Quality, affordable health care is a right to all” he pledged.





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