BBI is unstoppable, says Raila Odinga

Kenya’s main opposition leader Raila Odinga has once again reiterated that the push to amend the country’s constitution via the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is unstoppable despite its fate lies in the hands of judges.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader was speaking on Tuesday in the coastal part of the country. He said the BBI proponents have plan ‘B’ should the higher courts dismiss the popular initiative’s appeal case.

“Should the courts dismiss the BBI appeal, we have an alternative route to effecting the constitutional reforms,” said Odinga but did not give more details about what plan B entails.

In May, the High Court halted the entire process of changing Kenya’s constitution after it declared the document null and void. The judges argued the process was initiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta, which was unconstitutional.

However, Odinga, President Uhuru Kenyatta, BBI Secretariat, and the Independent and Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) filed applications in the Court of Appeal seeking an order to have the High Court’s verdict overturned.

The appeal case was heard between June 29 and July 2. The final ruling is slated for August 20.

“We deliberated on this date, looking at the nature of the matter and volumes before us,” said the Court of Appeal President Daniel Musinga.

Odinga had indicated that he will respect the court’s verdict on the document.

“We are people who love democracy and as a country, we have come from far in ensuring that our sovereignty is intact. I will respectfully accept whatever outcome the Judges will render,” said Odinga.

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