In Summary
  • Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi said there will be no reforms without a referendum.
  • Mr Wandayi said police officers who have stayed in Siaya for more than three years should be transferred.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) will not accept any constitutional reforms proposed by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report if they are done through parliament and not by a referendum.

REFERENDUM

Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi said on Saturday that although the party largely supported most of the recommendations in the BBI report, it will ensure reforms are only done through a referendum. He was speaking at the burial of Eric Oloo, a correspondent with The Star in Ugunja constituency.

Oloo was killed in the house of a senior police officer in Siaya, ten days ago.

The MP said there will be no reforms without a referendum and asked those opposed to the plebiscite to get ready for the battle ahead.

“As much as we acknowledge the fact that the law provides that some recommendations must go through parliament, we want to make it clear that these reforms will only be made possible through a referendum and we won't accept anything short of that, " he said.

INVESTIGATIONS

Mr Wandayi and his Ugenya counterpart David Ochieng called on the police to ensure thorough investigations into the murder of Mr Oloo are done.

The legislators said who were addressing mourners at Uhor Village in Ugunja town, said they would ensure the journalist's killers face the law. 

The MPs faulted the manner in which probe into the journalist’s murder is being done. 

“We are keenly monitoring the direction the investigations are headed and the conduct of police officers involved,” said Mr Ochieng.

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