National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has an interesting opinion about Opposition leader Raila Odinga and the recent Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.
The lawmaker says the political heavyweight must accept he had been deceived into believing the BBI report could recommend creation of a powerful prime minister’s post.
Speaking in Garissa on Saturday, November 30, during thanksgiving ceremony at Hafsa Bimti Sir centre, Duale dismissed Raila’s push for a referendum saying the BBI proposals can be dealt with in parliament.
“Raila should just accept that he has been hoodwinked. He should dust himself, accept that that is how things have turned out and move on with life,” Duale said.
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The vocal Jubilee politician said although he was in support of the parliamentary system and had even been made to believe that was one of the agenda’s of the BBI task force, he is now ready to deal with the proposals as collected from Kenyans.
“All along Raila had made me believe that these recommendations will be captured in the report.
I personally supported the parliamentary system and went ahead to campaign for the same knowing that it was the best system for us pastoralist communities, The Garissa Township MP called on the Opposition leader saying should he desire for a referendum then he should collect signatures and initiate the process of Constitution amendment.
“Now that the same did not happen, let us all support the report because 80% of the document is good. Let us stop this side shows and we should remember Kenya is bigger than all of us,” he said.
The Odinga-led party has been in the forefront pushing for Constitution amendments to have the powerful prime minister post. Despite the BBI task force recommending a toothless prime minister who is appointed by the president from the National Assembly, the Raila faction is still pushing for a referendum.
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On the other hand, Deputy President William Ruto and his supporters have opted to have the report’s recommendations looked into in the National Assembly without subjecting Kenyans to a referendum.