Dec, 1st 2020 – Approximately 2 million Kenyans have appended their signatures to the BBI, ahead of today’s deadline. According to the BBI secretariat chairs, Dennis Waweru and Junet Mohamed, Kenyans have welcomed the Bill with a lot of enthusiasm.
In a statement, they said that, “We therefore, project that we shall be done with the exercise by end of the week and move to the next step.”
The officials added, “Making the country’s constitution is a patriotic duty and not a political campaign. Therefore, we would want to once more emphasize that no citizen should be left behind.“
The constitution requires that such an initiative must have an endorsement of at least one million signatures from registered voter which must be verified an approved by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Meanwhile, the initiative has received support from leaders across the country as they continue urging people to sign the document.
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi says leaders allied to his party will also kick off the signature collection drive in their constituencies adding that 80% of Kenyans agree with the document.
Deputy President William Ruto on the other hand has been leading in opposing the constitutional amendment. he has however softened his stance and lauded the changes in the final Bill which has intensified calls for more consensus to avoid a divisive referendum.
In a tweet, Ruto said, “It is never too late to do the right thing. Tremendous progress achieved. Now working on Consensus on the remaining issues and process so as to have a non-divisive vote is the best option.”