“It is the party’s position that Parliament should pass the BBI bill as it is, in its entirety. This is therefore a rallying call to our members to align themselves accordingly with the party’s position. It is also an appeal to all our members and supporters out there to vote for the Bill once it is presented to them in the referendum,” Mbadi said in a presser on Tuesday, April 27.
The National Assembly Minority Leader admitted that some of their proposals were not included in the bill, but they will support the Bill as it is.
“As a party we may not have got everything that we had wished for. In fact, no party has got everything it wanted. But there are some very important gains in the BBI that as a party we would not want to throw out just because we did not get everything,” Mbadi said.
He outlined some of the gains outlined in the BBI, that aligned with the party’s agendas such as the fight against corruption and strengthening the devolved system of government.
“ODM has always advocated for strengthening of devolved units and increased funding for those units. The BBI bill increases funding to counties and extends funds to the wards. That is a gain we can’t throw away,” Mbadi listed.
Recalling that ODM still bears scars from election poll chaos in 2007, 2013 and 2017, Mbadi said that an end to election violence was also a proposal they would back.
“BBI has some solid on how to end the culture of election violence and the winner takes all brand of our politics. We don’t want to lose these proposals.”
He assured the handshake principals, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, that ODM would overwhelmingly support BBI, and their agendas moving forward.
“You have enough troops both behind you and your sides to help you push this agenda through. Do not be afraid. Do not be distracted. Do not be blackmailed. We are in this battle together,” Mbadi concluded the statement.