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MPs to debate BBI Bill Thursday

By Evans Maritim
Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021
Parliament in session. Photo/PD/ File
In summary

Debate of proposals contained in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) will kick off in Parliament tomorrow.

Once adopted, the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2010 will be subjected to a referendum slated for June.

In a communication from the chair yesterday, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi (pictured) indicated a total of 41 counties had endorsed the document, while one had rejected it.

According to Muturi he had at yesterday not received decisions from Migori, Kilifi, Elgeyo Marakwet, Mandera and Uasin Gishu counties.

Responding to concerns by members, Muturi also clarified that there was no need to republish the Bill to “protect integrity as proposed by its promoters and prevent unnecessarily delay.”

“I therefore direct that the draft Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 popularly referred to as the BBI Constitutional Amendment Bill be introduced in the House for its First Reading on Thursday March 4, 2021,” said Muturi.

The Speaker also directed that copies of the Bill be made available to MPs in the form in which the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission sent it to County Assemblies.

“The Clerk of the National Assembly urgently obtains sufficient copies of the Bill in the form that it was presented to the 47 county assemblies by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to enable its introduction into the House as directed,” he said.

Elgeyo Marakwet yesterday rejected the Bill.

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