- President Kenyatta said the reform would help the country to do away with bad laws while upholding good ones.
- Mr Odinga declared that it was not a matter of if, but when, the BBI referendum would be held.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has strongly supported a review of the Constitution as Opposition chief Raila Odinga on Sunday warned those standing in the way of reforms that they would be swept into political oblivion.
The President said Kenyans should make adjustments to the Constitution so that any weaknesses are not exploited by future leaders to oppress them.
“If there is anything wrong with the Constitution, or any other law, we need to sit down and see how best we can rectify it,” President Kenyatta said on Saturday during the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Christ is the Answer Ministries (CITAM) Church in Karen, Nairobi.
Deputy President William Ruto, who was present at the event, is opposing the push to amend the Constitution as fronted by Mr Odinga, describing it as a selfish move to create more seats for perennial election losers.
An amendment to the law, possibly to expand the Executive, has been on the cards since the March 2018 ‘handshake’ between President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga.
This was further strengthened when the two leaders formed a task force to drive the Building Bridges to a New Kenya Initiative by getting views from Kenyans on how to fix the political problems that have dogged the country since independence.
The task force has completed its work and is currently writing its report to be submitted to the two leaders before October.
Political observers strongly believe it will recommend amendments to the Constitution.
The President’s comments were triggered by CITAM’s Presiding Bishop David Oginde, who urged the President to find alternative ways of dealing with ethnicity, corruption and other vices that ail the country, without necessarily changing the Constitution.
Dr Oginde further advised the President against pushing for the plebiscite, arguing that a nation that puts God first should not struggle with fighting the aforementioned ills.
“Let me tell you your Excellency, with all due respect, the Constitution is not the answer; Christ is the answer,” he said amidst applause from the congregation.
In response, President Kenyatta defended the need for a reform, saying it would help the country todo away with bad laws while upholding good ones.