Raila Odinga at Orange house
Raila Odinga at Orange house. FILE


ODM leader Raila Odinga affirms that the country must undergo referendum before the 2022 General Election.

Raila Odinga on Thursday refuted allegations that the country does not have sufficient money to hold a referendum shortly before the election.

He was speaking during the swearing-in of newly named officials of the party's elections board.

Raila, who doubles as the Special Envoy of infrastructure for AU, said corruption had made the electoral process in the country expensive while some countries use just cents for ballots, Kenya uses hundreds.

"A referendum should not cost more than Sh2 billion. There is money to hold a referendum and we are going to teach (IEBC chairman Wafula) Chebukati how to do it if he does not know," Raila said.

 "A referendum is a must and we shall do it before the next election".

"BBI is still there and very active and will soon start walking. Ignore the speculation about the process because very soon with my brother (President) Uhuru, we shall receive the report from the task force," he said.

"So I want to tell you that the reggae has not stopped but is on half-time. The players have been receiving massage and instructions from the coaches and we shall be back soon and nobody will stop us."

Raila said there is a misperception that ODM is the one that is deemed to be in the opposition to monitor on the government.

"Our media is ill-informed about ODM's mandate. Before the new constitution, we had a high breed of a parliamentary and presidential system where opposition was to check on the government. In the current presidential system where we have the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary things are different," he said.

Raila argued that it is upon Parliament to oversight the government alongside the minority party and not vice versa.

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