Senate Passes the Building Bridges Initiative Bill

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga [Photo : Citizen Digital]

The Senate has passed the Building Bridges Initiative Bill without amendments.

51 voted for the bill, 12 voted against and one abstained from the exercise.

The vote comes less than a week after the National Assembly voted in favor of the Bill.

Senate speaker Ken Lusaka is now expected to transmit the Senators verdict to President Uhuru Kenyatta, then to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The voting comes after senate Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka said that Parliament amend the BBI Bill.

It is a path taken by citizens who recognize that all sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya, as stated in Article 1 of the Constitution, and that the people of Kenya may exercise their sovereign power directly or through democratically elected representatives,” said Lusaka.

Meanwhile, the high court will deliver its judgement on the petitions challenging the BBI bill on Thursday. 

A five judge bench, including Justice Chacha Mwita, Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Jarius Ngaah and Janet Mulwa will hear the petitions.

The petitions include those filed on diverse dates by economist David Ndii, Kenya National Union of Nurses, thirdway alliance, 254  hope, Justus Juma, Morara Omoke, Isaac Oluuochier and Muslims For Human Rights.

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