How President Uhuru And Opposition Leader Raila Set The Stage For BBI
Nov. 29, 2019
It took too long for the two chief principals to finally read out the long awaited BBI report. While launching the BBI Report on Wednesfay at the Bomas of Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga offered the public a glimpse of how they came together after the contested 2017 General Election and the repeat presidential election. This meeting took place before the handshake on March 9, 2018.
According to President Kenyatta, after more than one hour of saying nothing substantial to each other, they realised that their aides had left the room and they were just the two of them in there. It is at this point that they started talking and revealed the beginning of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
“We agreed to put our politics aside and ask ourselves the causes of our divisions and ensure that no more blood will be spilt, no more property will be destroyed and Kenyans will not be worried every election time,” he added. According to Mr Odinga, the tension in the country and suspicion among politicians was too much for them. “It took 19 hours and it was not easy because we had called each other all sorts of names during the elections. After the long deliberations, we agreed that we had something that we can actually put together,” he said.
In putting together their thoughts on the way forward after the divisive elections, Mr Odinga revealed that they each invited their lawyers to draft the statement that they issued on March 9, 2018, when they met at Harambee House. Before the revelations yesterday, there had been reports of clandestine meetings between the two and their trusted aides, including one that was hosted by a top judiciary officer, as efforts to bring the two together assumed a new urgency at the beginning of 2018.
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