Raila says ODM was forced to accept the 2010 constitution

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Raila consoles Kibaki when he lost his wife Mama Lucy.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM leader Raila Odinga has confessed that his party was not in support of the 2010 constitution and was pushed to accept it.

Raila says ODM was forced to accept the 2010 constitution
Raila Odinga and Mwai Kibaki led the coalition government between 2008 and 2013.
Speaking Thursday, September 1, during the celebration of 11 years since the formation of the ODM, Raila said that the ODM wanted the Bomas Draft to be adopted as the constitution of Kenya.

He said that they, however, agreed to support the current one because they wanted to do away with the old one.

Raila says ODM was forced to accept the 2010 constitution

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Mwai Kibaki lifts the new constitution in 2010. Photo: Nation

“The constitution we ended up with in 2010 is not what ODM would have wished for. We preferred the Bomas Draft. We also preferred bigger and stronger counties. But we had to choose between progressive change or nothing for our people. We accepted the changes, imperfect as they were, in the belief that they represented work in progress and steps forward,” Raila told the Standard.

He also continued his verbal attack on the previous government led by ailing former President Mwai Kibaki saying the NARC and PNU governments were not determined to give Kenya a new constitution and it needed the intervention of the ODM to have the new constitution.

Raila says ODM was forced to accept the 2010 constitution

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Raila Odinga takes oath of allegiance to the new law in 2010.

“Without ODM, the regime that took over power in 2003 and the subsequent one were not keen on delivering a new constitution,” Raila told the Standard.
He added that Kibaki failed to deliver to Kenyans and it took the intervention of the ODM to have services delivered to the citizens.

Raila was a minister in Kibaki’s NARC administration before he was sacked in 2005 for opposing the proposed constitution.

Raila says ODM was forced to accept the 2010 constitution
Raila consoles Kibaki when he lost his wife Mama Lucy.
After successfully winning against the government, Raila went on to form the ODM under which he ran for president in 2007 but lost controversially to Kibaki.

The post-election violence that followed saw the formation of the grand coalition government where Raila became Kenya’s second prime minister.

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