Raila’s Demand Before Accepting Office Of Opposition Leader

In a memo to the National Assembly and Senate Speakers, Azimio Chief Raila Odinga set his conditions for accepting the Office of the Opposition as proposed by President William Ruto.

In a statement issued on Sunday. Odinga accused the president of doublespeak on December 11 for pushing constitutional reforms included in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

He specifically reminded the president of his requests when he opposed the BBI, calling him out for the abrupt reversal.

Raila urged that Ruto follow the method outlined in the Supreme Court decision on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

“These demands, all articulated personally by him, are that a president cannot initiate constitutional revisions and that any suggestions for constitutional amendments must begin with the people.”

“…that the amendment process must be people-driven, and that revisions must primarily focus on the interests of the common mwananchi,” the statement stated in part.

The former Prime Minister slammed the president for stealing his political ideals and running with them as his own.

Nonetheless, he did not object to the suggested revisions, claiming that they addressed the same issues that he expressed in the BBI.

Raila confirmed that he will dispute the memorandum, noting that it was part of a strategy to provide oversight to the Kenya Kwanza government.

“We will continue negotiations with the leadership of Azimio, the legal team, and the Kenyan people to agree on how to deal with Ruto’s U-turn,” Odinga said.

The Azimio leader claimed that Ruto’s memorandum would be included to the demands made during the Kamukunji declaration on December 7.

The opposition wanted the president to address issues such as lowering the cost of living, restarting the Kazi Mtaani program, and calling his house to order.

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