He is among allies of Deputy President William Ruto who have been opposed to the proposed constitutional changes, and now warns that it will worsen the Covid-19 situation.
He says that since the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill, 2022, will pass in the Parliament, what will follow the referendum campaigns will be a surge in the number of Covid-19 infections and possibly fatalities.
He is of the opinion that there is need to abandon the referendum plan, warning that failure to this, Kenya could be headed where India is at right now, after the Asian nation ignored the anti-crowding regulation.
“We should expect a surge after the referendum campaigns, it is unfortunate that we are headed there while we have examples of India whose numbers rose because of crowds,” he told The Standard on Tuesday.
And with a showdown expected in parliament today, when the document is tabled for debate, he says that arguments will arise, but only for the media to consume, as the BBI side will have its way.
For him, President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga troops in the house will manage to pass the bill, suggesting that these people receive their directions from their bosses, the two principals.
“Our role there is minimal, we are just there to rubber stamp the process before it goes to the people, the Bill requires a simple majority to pass. The best thing is to let the people decide. So the MPs will argue issues but it will be for the media,” he is quoted by the paper.
Some other allies of Ruto have also refused to support the BBI push, terming it unnecessary, as Uhuru-Raila troops push for a referendum as soon as possible.
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