President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Leader Raila Odinga [photo: Citizen TV]
Nov, 26th 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta now says the final BBI referendum bill includes views from the majority of interest groups. Speaking while launching the signature collection exercise at KICC yesterday, the president said the two years review period was enough to incorporate Kenyans suggestions.
Speaking at the same time, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga insisted on progress in the process for the better of the country. It is noted that the concerns raised by the Deputy president William Ruto and his allies, religious leaders and constitutional experts on the selection of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officials by political parties have been deleted.
While the Ombudsman will now be nominated by the president, the senate will vet and approve the candidate and he or she will be an ex-officio of the Judicial Service Commission.
Yesterday, Senate Minority Whip Mutula Kilonzo Jnr in reaction to the Bill said, “I am pleased with the president and Raila who took into account a lot of the views by stakeholders. It will go a long way to show it was not a two-man show as was being peddled by the opponents.”
“It is a major improvement from the Bill on the BBI report. Senate has additional responsibilities, including vetting state officers and oversight over county governments’ funds,” he added.
However, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa questioned the latest developments in a tweet saying,“Building Bridges for a few or another “Berlin Wall” to protect the privileged?”
Deputy president William Ruto was absent at the event after being critical of lack of dialogue for a consensus. The collection of signatures is expected to last one week.