Blow to Raila as Treasury says there is no cash for a referendum

Blow to Raila as treasury says there is no cash for a referendum

Raila Odinga has been dealt yet another blow after Treasury said there is no money for referendum this year.

The latest blow comes after BBI task force Chairman Yusuf Haji said referendum was not possible by June this year as pushed by Raila Odinga and his party.

Just yesterday, during a BBI validation hearing, Haji dropped the bombshell when he said having a referendum in 3 months was not realistically possible. Haji added that referendum was not part of their mandate.

Haji remarks couple with lack of budgetary allocations have dimmed hopes for a referendum this year.

According to parliamentary budget committee estimates, the money for a referendum have not been factored in the 2020/2021 budget estimates thus dimming hopes for the country to go for a referendum this year.

The parliamentary budget committee estimates shows that IEBC will only receive an additional Sh 200 million on top of Sh 4.4 billion it received in this financial year.

The poll agency will therefore have Sh 4.6 billion in the next fiscal year to meet some of it’s operations. The amount way below what is needed to fund a plebiscite.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati has said the commission will need sh 12 billion for a referendum.

Efforts by ODM party members in the Parliamentary Budget and Appropriation Committee to factor in plebiscite funds in the budget policy statement were thwarted by Members of Jubilee who are the majority.

The committee is chaired by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa who is a Ruto ally.

The ODM party is reading foul play and suspect Ichung’wa was used to frustrate the referendum by denying funds to the poll agency.

See also: Haji: Referendum not possible in 3 months

The call for a referendum comes at a time Treasury is grappling with budget deficits occasioned by KRA missed revenue collection targets.

The BBI proponents led by Raila Odinga and his party have been pushing for a referendum this year but all indication now point that will not be possible.



  1. With or without funding allocation, the referandum should take place. Emergency funding should be authorized by the president using his executive power.


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