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Uhuru and Raila form a new alliance for the vote

A national referendum to change the Constitution is now a matter of moment, not if, as the main political parties and leaders of the country have begun to work on a rare unity pact which, according to analysts, will form the basis of the political of succession of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta's wing at Jubilee Party, Raila Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement, Kalonzo Musyoka's Democratic Wiper Movement, Amani National Congress of Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetang'ula Ford-Kenya and Gideon Moi Kanu read already. The Building Bridges initiative, which many see as the referendum vehicle.

A united front bringing together these major political parties could spark a wave that will eventually install a leader at State House in 2022.

The clearest indication of the reading of the referendum was revealed last week when women leaders of the Embrace movement, pillar of Kieleweke training at the Jubilee camp aligned with President Kenyatta, said the executive power needed to be expanded a prime minister and two deputies.


Leaders with inside information on draft amendments to the Constitution told the nation that six parties, including Jubilee and ODM, are plotting to use the enormous potential they enjoy in the country to mobilize their support for the referendum. scheduled for early next year.

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President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga have already been briefed by the deputy secretaries of the BBI team, who are expected to submit a report based on presentations by various stakeholders in the country next month.

The two political giants will then ask Kenyans to support the BBI report, sources close to the presidency said.

"The plan of the two men was to ensure that all political actors and all leaders unite and support the referendum so that Kenyans can achieve constitutional change by consensus, but the reality is that the vice president's allies William Ruto showed lukewarm support for the BBI and could lead a close opposition to President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga.

He added: "The political class had to organize the ratification of the BBI referendum jointly with the people. Counsel for Mr. Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga felt that if the two worked together, the other political class would play ball. "


Ruto officially told the pro-BBI team and Punguza Mizigo, led by Ekuru Aukot, to agree on the changes they want before they can take a stand on the referendum.

It is unclear whether the Vice President will support the BBI's recommendations or launch an assault on them.

In case he goes against the proposals, he would create a counter-wave against his president, Kenyatta, as well as against his political enemy, Raila Odinga.

Political observers believe that the unity between Jubilee's pro-Kenyatta wing, ODM, Kanu, Wiper, Ford-Kenya and ANC could create a new political momentum similar to the orange 2005 referendum crowd.

The six parties are united by the argument that the current purely presidential system is not the best for a country as ethnically divided as Kenya and that it is necessary to change the structure of the executive.

The Uhuru-Raila team also wants a system that meets the two-thirds rule of gender equality and allows the appointment of members of Parliament to Cabinet.


Their pressure was heightened last week after Chama Cha Mashinani leader Isaac Ruto, who had great grassroots capacity, said he could join the movement.

The CCM leader and Moi are Mr. Ruto's main political nightmares in the Rift Valley, and the union of their forces could severely decimate the DDA base.

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