ODM leader Raila Odinga has finally broken his silence over scathing court ruling issued BBI by five-judge-bench on Thursday, May 13, which declared constitutional amendment bill 2020 popularly known as BBI null and void .Raila in his statement said that the ruling was disappointing but noted that the ruling will be appealed . Raila urged his followers to respect the court and avoid attacking it .
“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.
However , Raila said that he and other like-minded individuals would respectfully move to the Court of Appeal to present their case .
“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 ODM leader in his statement asked Kenyans not to forget the hard and arduous journey that had been travelled over the decades in search of democracy.
“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.”
Raila’s remarks comes a day after the BBI secretariat chairman Junet Mohamed said that his team will continue to push for the Bill. Junet said they will push for the BBI to the bitter end.
Sourced from Kenya Today