National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale has dismissed those saying that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) recommendations should be subjected to a referendum.
According to Duale those agitating for a referendum were doing so out of ignorance and failure to understand the constitution.
“Are those calling for a Referendum aware that there exists no Referendum law to govern the process? This is similar to calling people to eat, when you have no firewood or food to cook,” Duale said.
“Are those calling for a referendum aware that for you to go to a referendum it has to relate to matters touching Article 255 of the Constitution? Have those people calling for a referendum read the Report to see whether it contains matters relating to Article 255 of the Constitution. I did not see any of these in the Report. So those shouting Referendum should first read the Constitution and the report concurrently,” said Duale.
The Garissa Township MP further said that subjecting the country to a referendum would be catastrophic bearing in mind the tough economic times Kenyans are going through.
“Are those calling for a Referendum aware of the cost of conducting a Referendum amidst the tough economic times facing this country. Would you rather spend and waste billions of shillings on matters that do not require referendum or use the same to offer services to Kenyans?” he said.
Duale further noted that the ODM party leader Raila Odinga is the biggest loser in the just released BBI report.
According to Duale, Raila was advocating for a powerful prime minister but the BBI report has watered down that position equating it to a majority leader in the national assembly.
“Raila should just accept that he has been hoodwinked. He should dust himself, accept that that is how things have turned out and move on with life,” Duale said.
Duale was speaking in Garissa Saturday during a thanks giving ceremony at Hafsa Bimti Sir centre that received a bus from president Uhuru Kenyatta during a visit to state house Nairobi a fortnight ago.
Duale said Raila had all along made him (Duale) to believe that the committee will have also proposed a pure parliamentary system which him (Raila) and his troops were really fighting for.
“All along Raila had made me believe that these recommendations will be captured in the report. I personally supported the parliamentary system and went ahead to campaign for the same knowing that it was the best system for us pastoralist communities,” he said.
“Now that the same did not happen, let us all support the report because 80 percent of the document is good. Let us stop this side shows and we should remember Kenya is bigger than all of us,” he said.