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Raila’s new demands to Ruto over constitutional change

Raila’s new demands to President William Ruto over constitutional change “talk to Kenyans first if you’re reintroducing BBI”

Azimio leader Raila Odinga has asked President William Ruto to engage Kenyans, including opposition leaders, on any amendments to the country’s laws, he intends to initiate.

Raila made the remarks in reference to Ruto’s proposal to amend Parliament’s Standing Orders to allow Cabinet secretaries to answer questions and thus increase accountability.

The former Prime Minister said the proposal is a departure from the current government structure.

“It has to be debated extensively by the people of Kenya. If he wants to have the position of Prime Minister, it is in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) document. Why do you call him a Prime Cabinet Secretary? Call him a Prime Minister and give proper portfolio. I am very sorry for Mr. Musalia Mudavadi, a person of his stature is given no portfolio just a title. It is an embarrassment,” he said.

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“I do not want to engage Ruto in any kind of argument; he knows everything he is proposing is in the BBI document. If he wants us to talk, let’s start from there. He must engage the people of Kenya in any major constitutional amendment he wants to bring,” he said.

Raila made the remarks during a church service at the Anglican Church of Kenya Mombasa Memorial Cathedral in Mombasa.

 Mr. Odinga further offered his backing on the planned audit on the August presidential poll, saying Kenyans need to know the truth. 

He said the audit should begin with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati, whom he insisted must be charged with crimes against humanity at the Hague over the conduct of the presidential poll.

“The minute he disappeared, where did he get the results that he announced? If he can answer those questions, Kenyans will be happy. We won’t stop talking about this issue,” he said, adding that he will be revealing to Kenyans what transpired at the Bomas of Kenya.

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