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Saturday May 16, 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader, Raila Odinga, have kickstarted the much-awaited Building Bridges Initiative referendum, by gazetting the Referendum Bill 2020.

In the Kenya Gazette yesterday, the bill was mentioned as a supplement. 

Law Society of Kenya President, Nelson Havi, explained that the bill will be published later on and availed to all Kenyans to read.

However, former Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen clarified that it had already been processed in Parliament.

“The bill is not fake.”

“It was developed sometime back by the Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee (CIOC) in the National Assembly,” Murkomen explained.

“The bill is a large book and cannot be included in the gazette.”

“All they have to do is mention it.”

“The bill will be printed by the Government Press and be available at relevant websites,” Havi explained.

In several interviews ever since the Coronavirus pandemic broke out in Kenya, Raila has emphasised that the referendum is inevitable.

His allies, led by Siaya Senator James Orengo have also been insisting that the referendum will take place in June 2020. 

Several developments have taken place in the last few months, with Kenyatta making changes in Jubilee’s leadership, as a way to seemingly pave way for the looming referendum.

The Head of State is on a purge against Deputy President William Ruto’s allies who have opposed the initiative.

On Thursday, Raila met with his party members both in the Senate and National Assembly, with reports suggesting that he will also make changes within his party.

Raila reportedly told those in attendance that he will not move into government with Kenyatta until the BBI changes take shape.


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