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Raila says referendum must take place this year

On Tuesday, ODM party leader Raila Odinga gave strong hints indicating the country will hold a referendum before the end of the year.

This move will help to see some changes in the constitution. Mr. Odinga’s announcement comes a few days after Siaya senator James Orengo made remarks that parliament will play a crucial role in the coming months.

The ongoing dismissal of Houe leaders viewed to disregard President Uhuru Kenyatta, and publication of Bills shows some form of urgency.

Following the coronavirus pandemic, the Building Bridges Initiative faced several setbacks, moreso, banning of large public gathering.

The ODM party leader said the vote would happen before the end of the year. However, the country’s economy will come first.

“During the covid-19 pandemic, people have lost jobs and source of livelihoods. Hence, the government must come forward and address this issue,” said Mr. Odinga.

Furthermore, Raila downplayed the 2022 general elections saying people shouldn’t base on succession politics, yet they hadn’t addressed the BBI.

Additionally, Mr. Oinga congratulated the president for his planned job opportunity worth Ksh 54 billion. He said the move would open up self-sustainability opportunities for Kenyans.

The stimulus package termed post-pandemic centers around an eight-point strategy aimed at creating jobs under boosting trade, flood mitigation, and Kazi Mtaani.

“Before returning to reggae, we must address the job problem first. We cant begin politicking with a hungry nation,” added Mr. Odinga.

The ODM boss said plans for the BBI weren’t over, as some people claimed.

“As previously stated, no one can stop reggae. Covid-19 is not a person, and we will be back soon,” he reiterated.

The Building Bridges Initiative team is working on the final reports before June 30. The team led by senator Yusuf Haji will submit their findings to President Uhuru Kenyatta, who will kickstart the process.

However, economic experts and politicians have raised concerns regarding a referendum after the impact of covid-19 in the country.

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