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Key Raila ally says BBI referendum is not possible

ODM deputy party leader and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya now says BBI referendum in no longer possible due to though economic times thanks to COVID-19.

Speaking on Tuesday, March 30, the governor said were it not for the COVID-19 pandemic the referendum would have happened.

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“As we move nearer to the election it will no longer be tenable. You know a referendum is just like a general election. The expenses involved are heavy so you have another general election because everyone is voting then in another twelve months you’re now going to have another election. I don’t think with the debts we have it’s going to be tenable,” he said.

GOTTA.news earlier reported on ODM’s plan to abandon the review of the Constitution of Kenya through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

This is after top officials of the Raila Odinga-led party asked the government to use money set aside for referendum to battle COVID-19.

Led by Oparanya, the officials said the referendum which is courtesy of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila should be deferred and the funds used in containing COVID-19.

On Tuesday, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna elicited mixed reactions after criticising President Uhuru Kenyatta for introducing tough COVID-19 containment measures.

Speaking during an interview on Citizen TV, the politician advised the government to use funds set aside for the BBI referendum to purchase vaccines.

“Kenyans are tired of consultations and stories, even if we do not have our own original ideas, copy what others are doing in the world. There is no money spent on BBI, but if there is a single shilling that was going into BBI we can use it to buy vaccines,” he said.

He further wondered why the country is still unable to handle the COVID-19 pandemic a year later.

“If you have been in a situation as long as the world has been in when it comes to COVID-19, nothing should catch you by surprise really because everything about the pandemic is known,” Sifuna said. 

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He added;

“If you have been in a situation as long as the world has been in when it comes to COVID-19, nothing should catch you by surprise really because everything about the pandemic is known.”

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