Odinga calls for constitutional amendments

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga is working for constitutional amendments to see through the agenda he agreed on with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Picture: AP Photo/Khalil Senosi

Johannesburg – Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga is working for constitutional amendments to see through the nine-point agenda he agreed on with President Uhuru Kenyatta two months ago.

Kenya’s Daily nation reported on Wednesday that Odinga, the leader of the opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance, on Tuesday has rallied his Orange Democratic Movement party to push for a restructure of the executive and for the introduction of a three-tier system of governance, Kenya’s Daily nation reported on Wednesday.

The party is planning a series of public events that will be organised across the country which will outline their terms from the March 9 meeting, known as The Handshake, to Kenyans.

Odinga speaking at a party meeting in Gilgil said, “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.”

His comments are likely to be received as controversial by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ruling Jubilee Party and heighten political tensions as deputy president William Ruto and his allies are opposed to any constitutional amendments ahead of 2022 polls.

Odinga has argued under a parliamentary system, the power will be in the national executive, the power is exercised by ministers drawn from the majority party in the national assembly.

Ruto’s camp disagree, saying any proposal to change the constitution will mean another round of political campaigns, a detriment of peace and Jubilee Party’s development agenda.

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