Anti-Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) forces were on Wednesday dealt a blow, after the court declined to declare the BBI taskforce unconstitutional.
This was in response to a petition that had been filed by Thirdway Alliance Party leader Ekuru Aukot, who had challenged the legality of the Yusuf Haji-led team and the BBI report that they generated in 2019.
In his ruling, High Court judge John Mativo said that the task force and the report had passed the legality test.
High Court dismisses case challenging the constitutionality of the BBI task force filed by Thirdway Alliance party leader Ekuru Aukot pic.twitter.com/gCT4wI52PU
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This is a boost to ODM leader Raila Odinga, who, alongside president Uhuru Kenyatta, is at the helm of BBI activities in the country, including the ongoing BBI consultative forums.
The BBI entourage has held meetings in Kakamega, Mombasa, Kitui, Garissa, and Meru, with the sixth edition slated for Mar. 21 in Nakuru.
The rally has generated tension in the political sphere, as Raila ventures into Deputy President William Ruto’s backyard with his BBI message for the first time.
The DP is part of the group that is vehemently opposed to the manner in which the BBI process is being carried out, backed by key Rift Valley leaders such as Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Kericho senator Aaron Cheruiyot, among others.
Initially, the Rift Valley region was to host two BBI rallies, in Nakuru and Eldoret, but fears of chaos led to the consolidation of the meetings into the upcoming Afraha Stadium meeting.