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Raila Odinga overrules COTU Boss Francis Atwoli on BBI bill. ‘We will focus on elections’

by Enock Ndayala
During the August 9 General Election, COTU boss Francis Atwoli backed ODM leader Raila Odinga's presidential candidature.

ODM leader Raila Odinga ruled the possibility of the pro-BBI bill team moving to the Supreme Court should the Court of Appeal uphold a High Cout Judgement which declared the planned changes to the constitution null and void.

The former Prime Minister Raila Odinga said should the BBI process be stopped on August 20 by the Court of Appeal, the focus will shift to the 2022 General Election and any changes to the constitution considered during the term of the next government.

“If they stop BBI, we shall leave it at that and start preparing for elections,” Raila said while speaking during a popular morning show on Nam Lolwe FM

Raila Odinga overrules COTU Boss Francis Atwoli on BBI bill. 'We will focus on elections'
ODM leader Raila Odinga has taken precedence on COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli’s decision of postponing the 2022 elections if the Building Bridges Initiative bill flops. Photo: Raila Odinga/Twitter.

In June, outspoken COTU boss Francis Atwoli said that if the Court of Appeal upholds the High Court verdict on BBI thus ruling out any changes to the constitution, then there will be a need to postpone the General Election until the constitution is amended.

Atwoli said then that it would be an exercise in futile for the nation to hold a General Election before the constitution was amended.

“If anything happens and they still give an unfavorable judgment, we will still move to the Supreme Court. If we cannot get it (favorable judgment) then we will have to start it afresh. And we will also appeal through parliament to extend the elections by even one year until we get BBI,“ said the trade unionist.

But Raila, a close ally of Francis Atwoli, today said that they (pro-BBI bill team) will revisit the (any changes to the constitution) when they form the next government after the 2022 General Election.

“We shall bring it back in the new government. We do not want to waste time going to the Supreme Court,” he added.

The ODM leader went ahead to say the intended changes to the constitution through BBI bill have more benefits to Kenyans and will not be discarded just because the courts make an unfavorable judgment.

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