Kenya’s referendum progresses, but Kenyatta camp is increasingly divided

By Morris Kiruga
Posted on Thursday, 11 February 2021 19:32

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and an opposition leader Raila Odinga attend national prayers against the coronavirus disease at State House, Nairobi, Kenya 21 March 2020. Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

Kenya's national referendum – a key element in President Uhuru Kenyatta's alliance with oppositionist Raila Odinga – is making progress but also making some of Kenyatta's allies upset.

Two of Kenya’s 47 county assemblies have passed the referendum bill, as President Kenyatta and Odinga canvas for support ahead of the mid-2021 plebiscite.

The Siaya and Kisumu county assemblies, both controlled by Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement party, debated and voted for the bill in record time on 3 February and 9 February, respectively.

Building some bridges

Last October, Kenyatta said the constitutional changes would solve the country’s longterm challenges, warning that “constitutional rigidity is a recipe for war.”

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