ODM leader Raila Odinga has broken his silence after the High Court declared the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) amendment bill unconstitutional.
In a statement issued by the party leader, he urged calm as they embark to appeal the Ruling by moving to the Court of Appeal soon.
“I want to address myself to Thursday’s ruling of the High Court on the Building Bridges Initiative and the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2020. Supporters of the Constitution Amendment Bill, including myself, have been disappointed by the High Court ruling. However, I urge restraint in the public commentary about the ruling.
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We will calmly and respectfully move to the Court of Appeal to present our case as to why we think the High Court did not render the right verdict.
I want to urge that we restrain from personalized attacks on the court and its members. We may disagree with the court but we must respect its ruling and its freedom to exercise its judgment as it understands the legal and constitutional matters before it.” Read the statement
Though a five judge bench, the High Court ruling called out the President for pushing constitutional amendments, a job that is preserved for the Parliament and the people through a referendum.
They further noted that it is the duty of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to establish new constituencies thus blocking them from holding a referendum on the highly contested bill.
Those against the bill welcomed the ruling and noted that it is a time for the leader to focus on the economy and tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our democracy is anchored on the rule of law, constitutionalism, separation of power and respect for independent institutions. All patriotic citizen must defend these tenets just like Judiciary did. Now let’s focus on COVID vaccination, economic recovery, the big4 and stay united.” Said DP William Ruto
ODM party through MP Junet Mohamed noted malice in the ruling promising to challenge the decision in the Court of Appeal. The same sentiments were shared by ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi.
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