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Tuesday June 2, 2020 – Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has hailed President Uhuru Kenyatta for his powerful and moving speech yesterday during Madaraka Day fete, saying it was ‘fit the occasion’.

The AU envoy said that it was a good thing that the Head of State reminded Kenyans of the country’s journey since the 1963 independence.

According to Raila, the conciliatory tone struck by the President was a reflection of what they discussed when laying the basis for the March 2018 handshake.

“This is a reflection of what we discussed with him.”

“This is generally the basis of the BBI and he has confirmed in his speech that he wants to leave a legacy of a united county; which I share with him,” Raila stated.

“Whoever did the speech did good research and fits this occasion.”

“The sentiment takes us down the memory lane, the challenges and the up and downs and the way forward,” he added.

On the referendum issue, Raila urged Kenyans to shun perceptions that the vote is meant to serve a certain group of interests.

In his speech, Uhuru underscored the need for the country to base its future decisions on lessons learnt so far.

He reiterated the place of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) as the cure to the country’s cancer of post-poll disputes.

“The constitutional moment I discern is one that will bring an end to the senseless cycles of violence we have experienced in every election since 1992,” the President said.

He said Kenyans cannot reimagine their nationhood without changing the country’s political architecture.

“And we cannot change this architecture without re-engineering our Constitution,” the President said, signaling the inevitability of a referendum.”

“…the greater things that remain to be done have to do with our governance system.”

“And we must not be afraid of changing this system if it does not serve our present purposes,” he added.

The President said the country needs “political leaders totally committed to promoting not self but what will transform the lives of our people.”


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