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ODM Wants Referendum by April

Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) now wants a referendum to be held in April, saying all signs are that issues that could have derailed the process have been ironed out.

Mr Opiyo Wandayi, the party’s Director of Political Affairs, on Sunday asked the BBI Secretariat to fast-track the process and fine-tune the Round Two recommendations so that a referendum is held by April.

Speaking in his constituency when he issued driving licences to 276 youths from Ugunja, the MP said that the events that transpired during the BBI consultative meeting in Mombasa on Saturday were a clear sign that the country had agreed on the contentious issues that would have delayed the process.

He recommended that the Yusuf Haji-led team should immediately start drafting bills on issues that will require legislation before April, saying that the taskforce has no reason to wait until June as stipulated in their extended term.

"A lot of ground has been covered and issues that were hitherto contentious have now been agreed upon, including suggestions to create the office of a powerful Prime Minister and two Deputies." he said.

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Timothy Omondi