Senators attend senate special sitting on BBI bill amendments

The call to amend the BBI bill has persisted in todays special senate seating.

Some Senators insist that parliament must not fail in their role to legislate.

Speaking during the morning session, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula insists that the bill must be amended for it to be of benefit  to the people of Kenya. 

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei  who is one of the Senators who has proposed amendments to the BBI said the clause on removing the 47 woman representatives from the national assembly and bringing them to senate is retrogressive. 

Nominated Senator Abshiro Halake agreed with those calling for amendments.

However he insisted the changes can be done after passing the bill in the referendum. 

If the Senate makes any amendment to the bill, it will need the nod  of the National assembly.

This will create for uniformity in the bill that will be presented to the president and subsequently to referendum .

The national assembly is convening this afternoon to debate on the same constitution amendment bill 2020 but no amendments have been proposed yet.

Both houses will be expected to conclude on the BBI this week.

Afterwards the two speakers will hand it over to president  Uhuru Kenyatta.

IEBC will thereafter formulate the question for the referendum.

The electoral body will however have to wait for a case that is in court.

The case is challenging the plan for referendum to be heard and determined before setting a date for the Kenyans to vote. 

The senate hearings are entering the second week pushing to amend the Bill.

However last week, the seating was brawled with tense debates with senators failing to identify unconstitutional clauses in the bill.

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