ODM party leader Raila Odinga has broken his silence on the ruling by the five-judge-bench on Thursday, May 13, which rendered the BBI Constitutional Bill 2020 as unconstitutional and stopped BBI reggae.
Odinga admitted that the ruling was a disappointment to the BBI team and noted that through the appropriate channels, an appeal would be filed to challenge the decision.
He also urged his followers to respect and restraint themselves from attacking the court in the wake of the decison that has seen Kieleweke and ODM lawmakers take the courts head-on.
“The Judiciary sits at the centre of the democratic experiment in both established and emerging democracies. It is a key pillar of our democracy. In fact, no country can be a democracy without a strong and independent Judiciary.
“It is the judiciary, among the three arms of government, which is the final arbiter of our constitution. That is why every citizen and institution within the state must respect the rulings of the judiciary, even when they are adverse to their interests,” reads an excerpt of the statement.
He noted that with other like-minded individuals, the decision would be challenged for BBI reggae to resume.
“We will do so with sobriety and with respect for our judges and courts. Ultimately, our objective is to strengthen, not undermine, the judiciary,” he added.
“The 2010 Constitution itself is a monument to that struggle. There were moments of great danger and peril along that journey. We have learnt that democracy is about peaceful and respectful contestation, whether we agree or disagree with each other.
“This struggle continues. Our destination is a place where the potential of each and every one of us – no matter our gender, ethnicity, race, religion, region, identity, origin, or social status – is a full member of our society. That is what BBI is about. BBI is a project of opportunity, equity, and equality for all,” he continued.
Odinga concluded by saying that the BBI bill sought to build a country of strong institutions and where citizenship means the ability and opportunity to realize one’s full humanity.
“That is our quest as we seek a second opinion on BBI from the Court of Appeal. Let us treat each other with dignity as we do so. After all, Kenya belongs to us all.”
Odinga’s statement came a day after BBI Secretariat chairman Junet Mohammed noted that the team would continue to promote the constitutional amendments bill until it was ratified by Kenyans.