National Assembly Majority leader Amos Kimunya photo


National Assembly Majority leader Amos Kimunya has rejected allegations of a scheme to shortchange ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Kipipiri legislator said the allegations are being spearheaded by persons “unhappy with the overwhelming support BBI got in county assemblies.”

At least 43 county assemblies voted to approve the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020. Only three; Nandi, Elgeyo Marakwet, and Baringo rejected the bill.

The MP added that the voting pattern has sent shivers among people who have since panicked as the country rushes towards a referendum.

Raila associates at the weekend issued an ultimatum to President Uhuru Kenyatta to withdraw Interior PS Karanja Kibicho from the BBI campaign programmes, lifting the lid of the unease that has shaken the handshake team.

Raila Odinga strong allies; Minority Whip Junet Mohamed, Siaya Senator James Orengo, and Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo raised their anxieties.

The trio addressed their supporters saying that there is an official at the Office of the President working to isolate Raila in favour of the camp bringing together Amani leader Musalia Mudavadi, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi (Kanu), and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

But Kimunya said the talk of Raila or his allies being hindered is “schemes by people who have lost heavily in terms of the counties passing the BBI.”

“There are people who got upset, who thought BBI is not going anywhere. They are now setting suggestions to rub ODM the wrong way. Unfortunately, some people within ODM may have swallowed the bait,” Kimunya said.

He said the attempt by the critics whom he says are associates with the Tangatanga unit is to hinder the handshake so that BBI does not get adhesion going forward.

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