Raila shocked by JLAC’s report on BBI, says mistrust will take time to heal

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga have put up a joint fight, in order to save the BBI ship from sinking, after allegations of internal sabotage rocked it. On Saturday, the two principals disowned the JLAC’s move of declaring the addition of 70 new constituencies, as proposed in the report, as unconstitutional.

Among those lined up for criticism are Siaya Senator James Orengo, Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo, and Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni who signed the majority report by members of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC).

In a statement on Sunday, Raila through his spokesperson, Dennis Onyango, wondered how some of the pro-BBI MPs came close to derailing an initiative they had spearheaded all along, and betraying the ODM leader.

“It is not possible to tell why a committee led by supposedly pro-handshake and BBI MPs chose to come so close to derailing the process and even killing the initiative. It has caused some mistrust that will take time to heal,” Dennis Onyango said.

“We expect opposition to the Bill to come only from those who have always opposed the initiative, which is Tangatanga. ODM, Wiper, ANC, and the President’s wing of Jubilee will pass the BBI. Mr. Odinga is quite sure about that,” he added.

The report, according to Mr. Onyango, remains what the ODM leader and the President envisaged, and Raila is confident it will sail through Parliament with ease.

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