BBI signature collection to commence next week, says Raila

The countrywide collection of signatures of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report will begin next week, ODM leader Raila Odinga has said.

Following the launch of the BBI report in Kisii last month, proponents of the document want the collection of one million signatures expedited in order to prepare for a referendum.

“BBI signature collection will be launched next week. We want that exercise done as quickly as possible so that the matter is handed to IEBC then we can move towards the next phase of a referendum,” said ODM leader Raila Odinga.

He added, “This matter should be concluded by latest April 2021.”

The signatures will then be delivered to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for verification.

The BBI Bill will then be sent to all the 47 county assemblies for debate.

The former premier who is in Mombasa shot down proposals from parties seeking to amend the BBI report.

Raila said that most of the issues have been captured in the document adding that no new substantive issues will brought into the report.

“What is being captured is basically editorial issues,” he said.

“People have had the opportunity to talk about all those issues, two years now. This is a democratic society. They are entitled to their views. We go by the views of the majority,” he remarked.

During the State of the nation address by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, he urged Kenyans to rally behind the Building Bridges Initiative report expressing confidence that its recommendations will launch the country into a prosperous future.

According to President Kenyatta, major changes are needed in the current constitution so as to lay the foundation for a united and peaceful nation.

He warned members of the political class against using the young and desperate to turn against the country and its leaders.

  

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