Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Monday informed the country of their intention to have the recently halted signature collection resume. The signature collection bid continues amid calls for reforms.
According to Raila, the exercise will take one week. He further revealed that they target to collect 4 million signatures.
This was voiced during their meeting on Monday. The move comes despite a rigorous push for amendments from diverse parties.
“We have made very extensive consultations since the process started. And we are still continuing to consult but we must now actually start the process of signature collection and move on to referendum. The people may have reservations but that is as it is,” said Raila.
No room for further talks: Signature collection bid continues
Religious organizations, farmers, and pastoralists are among those demanding reforms on the document before the referendum. The resumption of the process shuts room for talks on the report.
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Speaking in a meeting held by the pastoralists communities on Nov. 3, Narok Senator Ledama Ole kina stressed the need for changes on the report.
“This is a process to amend the constitution, why can’t you amend the proposal to amend the constitution?” wondered Ole Kina.
Deputy President William Ruto has maintained the primacy of amending the document before any referendum. According to the DP, it is possible for the country to have a consensus referendum.
Speaking during the burial of shelmith Njeri the mother of Naivasha Member of Parliament Jane Kihara, in Tetu Nyeri County on the 13th of November the DP questioned the entire process of the report.
“How did we end up with a document that has so many gaps after a whole two years that so many people has so many issues with it? The church has issues with it, the parliament has issues with it, and pastoralists have issues with it. Women have very serious issues with it. Persons with disabilities have very many issues with it,” said Ruto.
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