MCAs seek advisory on BBI vote from Supreme court

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Nov, 25th 2020 – Kenyans might receive a different copy of the Building bridges Initiative (BBI) report if the supreme court allows county assemblies to amend the bill.

County assemblies of Kericho and Nandi now want the court to give a ruling for them to amend the Bill sent for Approval. The two county assemblies have found the constitution is vague on whether such a bill ought to be passed by a simple majority of MCAs or need to be supported by not less than two-thirds of all ward representatives.

In a joint petition, the MCAs sought to know whether they can amend a bill of that nature to reflect views received during public participation. They also aspired to know whether county assemblies by law are required to conduct public participation forums before debating a bill to amend the constitution

In a statement, they said, “The first question is whether county assemblies are obliged to conduct public participation, when considering a bill to amend the Constitution through popular initiative.”

The two assemblies also want clarification regarding the approval of Constitutional Amendment Bill under popular initiative by the parliament. They said, “We are hoping that the Supreme Court’s guidance will not only bring clarity to the procedure and consideration that the Constitution anticipates of county assemblies, but will also help standardize the process when considering such bills in future.”

BBI Secretariat co-chairs Dennis Waweru and Junet Mohamed on Monday announced that the collection will be launched today at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) They said, “We now call upon all Kenyans of goodwill, those who want to see an end to corruption, ethnic antagonism, marginalization of sections of society, the empowerment of youth, women and disabled to board the BBI train.”

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