Raila Issues Statement on BBI Judgment

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  • The Orange Democratic Movement leader, Raila Odinga, has issued a statement regarding the Building Bridges Initiative judgment delivered by a seven-judge bench of the Court of Appeal on Friday, August 20.

    Raila, through his official social media page, stated that the ruling is not the end of the conversation but forms part of the continuing conversation on the future of the country.

    He argued that the parties involved in the process will move and make their own decisions after the judgment. However, he resigned to fate saying it is time to move.

    Raila meets business leaders from Kiambu County at the home of James Anthony Kariuki Nginyo, on August 12, 2021
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    “It is likely that today’s Court of Appeal ruling is not the end of the conversation and the parties involved will each make their own decisions on how to proceed from the decision that has been delivered today. But we feel that we have to move on,” Raila stated.

    “This is not an indication of our regard to this noble initiative. Far from that, we feel that we must now see the forest for the trees, and pursue the bigger goal of setting the rest of the issues facing this country right.”

    The former Prime Minister further noted that the Building Bridges Initiative was never a destination but a journey in an ever-evolving way of life.

    “Without doubt, we shall deal with all the issues in the months and years that will unfold onwards,” added Raila.

    Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta fronted the BBI agenda with the Deputy President William Ruto opposing the amendments to the Constitution.

    Elsewhere, Kirinyaga Governor, Anne Waiguru, a close ally of President Kenyatta and Raila added her voice to the Court of Appeal outcome saying that the country must move on.

    “Kenya will go on. BBI intended well but we must respect the constitutional authority of the courts and find other legitimate means to achieve Kenya’s unity and prosperity. And for some of us, it’s time for serious introspection on the political way forward,” she noted.

    In the judgment, The Court of Appeal upheld the High Court verdict declaring the Bridging Bridges Initiative unconstitutional.

    The Appellate judges poked holes into the whole BBI process, accusing its promoters of failing to follow the right procedure.

    Court of Appeal judges at the Milimani Law Court delivering the judgment on the BBI Appeal on Friday, August 20, 2021
    Court of Appeal judges at the Milimani Law Court delivering the judgment on the BBI Appeal on Friday, August 20, 2021
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  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM