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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,13TH AUG,2020-Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party Leader Raila Odinga on Thursday dismissed claims a plebiscite on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) constitutional review process is untenable under existing economic conditions saying a vote on proposed amendments would not cost more than Sh2 billion.
Speaking during the swearing in of ODM’s new National Elections Board and Disciplinary Committee members, Odinga asserted a referendum will be conducted by August 2022.
“A referrendum does not need to cost more than Sh2 billion ,so we should not be told, we have no money, there is no money to do, we can teach Chebukati how to do it so we have everything needed for a country to do a referendum, we will do it before the next General election,” he said.
“It is not the desire for anyone to make it any more difficult and costly than it is, a referendum doesn’t have to cost billions,” Odinga added.
His remarks are in conflict with Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson Wafula Chebukati who said the commission would need Sh12 billion to conduct a referendum.
Odinga reiterated that the BBI constitutional review will deliver free and fair 2022 election and prevent any post-election violence.
“The purpose of the BBI is to have a free and fair election and that no Kenyan blood is shed because of an election,” he added.
Odinga further defended the ODM party whose role as the lead opposition party has been termed as ineffective saying all Members of Parliament are duty bound to check the government.