In Summary
  • The 14 persons BBI team was formed following the famous May 9, 2018 handshake between President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga.
  • The conference is in honour of the legacy of former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.

  • The opposition chief also revisited the issue of fake news and how it was used to derail the 2017 polls.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga used his address at Chatham House in the UK to drum up support for the Building Bridges Initiative.

Mr Odinga, who spoke on the role of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in mediation process that ended the 2007 post-election violence in Kenya, told the international community that the BBI will unite Kenyans and heal the nation from past injustices.

TRIBAL ANIMOSITY

“Dr Kofi Annan, who led the negotiations in 2007, gave recommendations on how Kenya can avoid tribal animosity during elections. Most of his recommendations have not been implemented. But we certain that the Building Bridges Initiative taskforce will come up with a roadmap on how to end tribal divisions,” said Mr Odinga.

The 14 persons BBI team was formed following the famous May 9, 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Odinga.

The Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji-led taskforce has been going round counties gathering views on policy and administrative reform proposals and is expected to handover a comprehensive report by October 23.

Mr Odinga rekindled horrific memories of 2007 post-election violence when he narrated how Kenyans turned on each other immediately after President Mwai Kibaki was announced winner of the presidential polls.

FAKE NEWS

“The chaos prompted UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to call me at night asking me if I needed to be reconciled with Kibaki. I agreed.

“At first the Kibaki side rejected Annan until Mr Brown intervened,” said Mr Odinga.

He narrated how Annan ‘forced’ Kibaki to agree on the contentious issues on the role of prime minister in the coalition government when they met at Harambee House.

The opposition chief also revisited the issue of fake news and how it was used to derail the 2017 polls.

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