The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga poured cold water on allegations that president Uhuru Kenyatta had stabbed him in the back by allowing changes on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) document.
Through his former spokesperson Dennis Onyango, Raila also made it clear through a statement that he was aware of everything that happened.
“Mr. Odinga was party to the changes and in agreement with the contents of the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2020.
“He used yesterday’s event to highlight the contested proposals that found their way into the Bill as well as those that were abandoned,” reads part of the statement.
Raila further revealed that the task force also rejected some of his proposals. However, he explained that he was okay with this. According to him, this was not reason enough for him to abandon the BBI or feel as if Uhuru had betrayed him.
Raila’s statements come after a section of politicians and media claimed that Uhuru had short-changed the former prime minister. Reports further alleged that president Uhuru had duped Raila into signing the new BBI report.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen also claimed that Uhuru had short-changed Raila. According to him, the document had caught the former prime minister off guard.
The vocal senator went on to explain that President Uhuru had amended the BBi document in favour of some of the issues Deputy president Ruto had raised during the launch at bomas.
Murkomen, however, claims Uhuru did not inform Raila of the changes, and the ODM leader was marketing the old document, not knowing it has already changed.
“I told you even Hon. Raila Odinga didn’t know what was being launched. Like Mzee Seii, he signed by faith. The document had already been heavily amended to accommodate a number of issues raised by hustlers, especially DP at Bomas. Mzee was still marketing the old document,’ the senator tweeted.