No BBI No Elections ODM hardliners now warn

MP Otiende Amolo, Francis Atwoli, Sanator James Orengo and Kakamega county governor Wycliff Oparanya

By The Weekly Vision Special Correspondent

Even as the attorney general Kariuki Kihara moves to the Court of Appeal in an attempt to reverse a decision by 5 judges to trash the BBI constitutional amendments, a section of ODM party hardliners is warning that they would not take part in the 2022 transition elections if a national referendum fails.

Sources well placed within the ODM party told The Weekly Vision that the timing of the controversial ruling by the judges was “suspect’ and the “bold and abrasive” ruling could only enjoy the quiet support of some highly placed ‘hidden hand” calculated to bury BBI in the ashes of legal history!

The ODM hardliners led by Siaya senator James Orengo and Rarieda MP Otiende Amolo are urging party supremo Raila Odinga not to place too much hope in the courts returning a favourable verdict on appeal. They are asking Odinga to prepare to change “tactics” if the court upholds the ruling outlawing BBI.

Said the sources “it is abundantly clear that there is more than meets the eye in this judicial about turn on a process that was now going to the public to vote in a referendum which other popular mandate did they seek? If it’s the majority Kenyans going to decide in a “Yes or No” vote then how does this become unconstitutional?

The angry ODM hardliners reading “blatant mischief” have warned that they would scuttle the handshake and return to opposition “trenches” and continue the battle to end ‘impunity and social-economic injustice.”

The ODM hardliners were reportedly still holed up in a meeting at the residence of COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli who was among the first people to dismiss the verdict of the 5 judges.

The meeting resolved to follow closely developments at the court of appeal and would announce a major decision depending on how the court rules.

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