Orange Democratic Movement Party leader Raila Odinga has reiterated his strong stance that the country will hold a referendum before the 2022 General Election.
Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony of new members of ODM’s disciplinary committee, Raila insisted that Kenyans should not be cheated into believing that a plebiscite is an expensive affair that will be detrimental to the economy.
The former prime minister said that a referendum should not cost more than Sh2 billion, insisting that it should not be done together with the general election as some political players have suggested.
“A referendum does not need to cost more than Sh2 billion, so we should not be told there is no money. There is money to do it and we can teach Mr. Chebukati if he is the one who will do it,” said Raila.
Raila rued the expensive nature of Kenya’s elections noting that in the United States, the cost of election is “40 US cents per ballot, yet here it costs as over Sh40 billion, it is basically stealing.”
A weak opposition?
He once again dismissed the notion that the opposition in the country has been weak ever since his handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Raila said that the notion has been created by “a media that is ill-informed about our current constitution and structures”.
According to Raila, Kenya’s current system of governance is a presidential one where Parliament as an institution is supposed to oversight the executive and the role should not be left to the minority party only but also the majority party.
“In Parliament our members are playing their role of oversight. And even those who are on the majority party are also playing their roles. It should not be that ODM stopped playing its role, what about Jubilee MPs?” opined Raila.
Raila also said that ODM is currently an opposition party as well as a government party. According to him, ODM is a government party because it boasts of 16 out of the 47 governors, and more than 16 county assemblies where the party enjoys a majority.
Raila thanked all the officials who handed over to the new disciplinary committee team, thanking them for serving the Party with diligence.