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Raila Slaps Uhuru With New Ultimatum

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has warned President Uhuru Kenyatta of dire consequences if the changes envisaged in their unity pact are not implemented before the 2022 election.

The former Premier says the 2022 elections might be chaotic and messy if the reforms proposed in the pact signified by the handshake are not implemented.

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“Without the changes we envisage in the MoU, 2022 will be messy. It will come with the same confusion, heartbreaks and possibly chaos. We are trying to forestall such eventualities,” said Odinga as quoted by Citizen TV.

While fine details of the ceasefire agreement remain scanty,Mr Odinga alludes to a referendum being among the ways of effecting the changes outlined in the unity pact.

“Addressing some of these issues may require changes to some of our laws and even amendments to the constitution. When that time comes, we must be bold enough to pick up the challenge as a matter of duty to the nation,” says the opposition chief.

Speaking on Tuesday during an ODM Party National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Gilgil,Raila also called on his party members to support his MoU with the Head of State.

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According to the NASA leader, the country is at a crossroads and politicians should see beyond 2022 for the country to realise lasting unity and meaningful reconciliation.

“That handshake was not about 2022. It was too significant an event to be reduced to a struggle for positions, promises and ambitions of individuals,” he said.

“Kenya is at a crossroads. Elections are mini civil wars. Businesses close at election time. Citizens relocate to perceived safe areas at election time. Many of our citizens feel disenfranchised and excluded. Corruption is killing this nation. Citizens view each other with suspicion, mistrust and anger. A little misstep and we tip over the precipice,”Odinga added.

The opposition chief said the team tasked with coming up with a road map for implementation of the pact will soon unveil a series of public events across the nation to outline the terms of the MOU to Kenyans.

The opposition leader’s remarks come at a time when debates for the 2022 election are heating up with a section of the political class,led by Deputy President William Ruto, opposing any change in the structure of the country’s leadership.


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