President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga held separate meetings over the weekend to chart the way forward amid reports that all is not well with the handshake with mistrust setting in.
Reports indicate that the handshake brothers met their legal and strategy teams over the weekend after disapproving the report submitted by the Joint Legal Affairs Committee on the Building Bridges Initiative.
The report adopted by a majority of the MPs and Senators in the committee declared that the move to create 70 additional constituencies was unconstitutional.
Legislators such as Siaya Senator James Orengo, Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo and JLAC co chair Senator Okong’o Omogeni signed the report despite being proponents of the handshake and are now being accused of betrayal.
Raila Odinga’s spokesperson Dennis Onyango confirmed to the media that mistrust has set in after the move was interpreted by some as betrayal.
.”It is not possible to tell why a committee led by supposedly pro-handshake and BBI MPs chose to come so close to derailing the process and even killing the initiative. It has caused some mistrust that will take time to heal.
Despite the developments, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr maintained that the bill will still be tabled in parliament, paving the way for a referendum on the same once it sails through.
“We expect opposition to the Bill to come only from those who have always opposed the initiative, which is Tangatanga. ODM, Wiper, ANC, and the President’s wing of Jubilee will pass the BBI, Odinga is quite sure about that. ” Said Onyango.
“The committee has endorsed the bill but has pointed out areas of concern. Let me be clear that no one is opposing the bill and we are also clear in the report that the bill cannot be reopened for amendments.