Raila addresses claims of using BBI to succeed Uhuru in 2022

Raila addresses claims of using BBI to succeed Uhuru in 2022
ODM leader Raila Odinga speaks to journalists on Thursday, January 23, 2020. PHOTO | ELPHAS LAGAT

ODM leader Raila Odinga has welcomed leaders allied to DP William Ruto saying they are free to attend BBI rallies.

According to him, the Building Bridges Initiative is an ‘unstoppable train’ which will not be deterred by any force.

“It will be misguided and unfortunate for anyone to think they can sabotage the BBI exercise….. I have not said I want to be president in 2022, that is how misguided people are,” he said.

Raila faulted a section of leaders accusing them of turning BBI into a discussion about succession politics.

He was speaking during a meeting with senators from central Kenya ahead of the February 15 Meru rally to popularize the BBI.

His sentiments were in response to statements from lawmakers allied to DP Ruto.

During a Press conference on Tuesday, the legislators said they would be attending BBI meetings to fight an alleged plot to introduce radical changes in the report.

Led by Senator Kipchuma Murkomen, they also accused the pro-BBI team of using the document to gain political clout while misappropriating public funds.

“We are opposed to the use of public funds in the organised BBI rallies unless appropriated by Parliament or county assemblies. Our participation and organisation of BBI rallies shall be through personal contributions,” Murkomen said in his statement.

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