Raila Odinga to Vie for President in 2022 as Hospital Declares him Virus Free

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Raila Odinga

ODM Leader Raila Odinga asserts that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) must go through a referendum.

“We agreed that the BBI must be subjected to a referendum because it entails a fundamental reorganization of the architecture of the Executive and Kenyans need to have a say in the reorganization. The party therefore fully supports a referendum on the document,” Raila said.

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The former Prime Minister also avers that the National Assembly needs to hasten the process and release the document to the public. This, he says will enable Kenyans to have a final say on the proposed changes in the Constitutional of Kenya Amendment Bill, 2020 through a referendum.

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The ODM leader came out immediately after being declared that he had tested negative for Covid-19.

The party confirmed via Twitter on Wednesday that Raila is now out of danger of the virus and is focused on pending issues.

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He tested positive for the virus on March 11 when he checked into Nairobi Hospital  for a series of tests after complaining of fatigue when he returned from a grueling five-day tour of the Coast region where he had drummed up support for the Building Bridges Initiative.

Raila met with party officials on Wednesday to discuss recent developments in the country including the on going countrywide vaccination and the state of the country’s economy.

The BBI process has been thrown into disarray following Uhuru’s directive suspending parliamentary sittings and in-person meeting.

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The President, in heightened measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, suspended until further notice, sittings of the National Assembly, the Senate and county assemblies.

The speakers of Parliament and county assemblies are expected to enforce the decision. Ordinary sessions of the county assemblies of Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru were also suspended until further notice.

Raila also for the first time gave an indication that he will be on the ballot come 2022. His allies and supporters have been routing to have him go for the top seat in the upcoming general elections against all odds. The talk of him joining hands with DP ruto has also thrown some spanner into works with new formations coming up each day.

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