Oparanya makes BBI U-turn hours after meeting Raila

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Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has assured ODM and its leadership he is committed to ensuring the BBI sails through, this is in contrast to his earlier statement two weeks ago, saying the BBI was not a priority.

In a tweet on Monday after meeting Raila Odinga in the morning, the ODM deputy leader revealed their discussion revolved around BBI and assured Mr. Odinga of their commitment to the process.

”BBI dominated our discussion as we assured the former PM of our commitment to the passage of the document,” Dr. Oparanya wrote, adding recent reports of a split in ODM leadership was wishful thinking from the party’s detractors.

”Our meeting today should dispel rumours of rebellion in ODM as this are wishful thinking of our political detractors.”

Today’s meeting was also attended by Minority Leader in the Senate James Orengo and Kitu Governor Charity Ngilu at the ODM leader’s Karen residence.

On March 30th, Oparanya said there was no need of putting a lot of pressure on the Treasury to raise money for the referendum now, that it was not a priority amidst the raging pandemic.

”If there is no money at the National Treasury, there is no need of pushing to have the referendum this year. We should plan to hold the referendum next year when our economy has stabilised and Covid-19 contained,”  the Kakamega boss said.

Today’s meeting with Raila Odinga comes ahead of tomorrow’s BBI debate in the Senate, where it is expected the lawmakers will endorse the document.

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