A few days ago reports emerged that a majority of 32 counties debated a bill (Constitution Amendment Bill 2010) containing errors contrary to what 13 county assemblies received as the right document for consideration.
Some of the 13 counties included; Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Murang’a, and Kiambu.
The reports emerged against an impending purge by politicians to hide under minor errors in the Building Bridges Initiative(BBI) Bill to hijack the law review.
The County Assemblies Leadership Caucus Chair and Leader of majority in Meru County Victor Mutuma in fact is on record saying that assemblies passed an erroneous version of the BBI with “unfortunate sensationalisation of the facts.”
This comes as Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka on Monday received the BBI report from Senator Okong’o Omogeni, co-chairperson of the Senate and National Assembly Legal Affairs Committee.
A showdown is expected to loom on Wednesday and Thursday as MPs have been recalled to parliament to debate the BBI bill on special sittings.
Some of the issues set to be discussed in the BBI report have been termed unconstitutional. A case insight being the proposal to increase the number of constituencies, work mandated to be done by the IEBC which was not consulted during the formation of the bill.
Apart from the split over the constituencies, the legislators are also divided on whether or not to amend the bill.
This notwithstanding, the former Premier Raila Odinga MPs have backed the report saying it will safeguard their interests.
Interestingly, the 43 assemblies that passed the Bill insist that they received it from the IEBC.
Reassuring the public, the assemblies said that if indeed it is true that some county assemblies debated any Bill that may have had typographical errors, they can and will most definitely be corrected either by the Parliament or the Attorney General’s office.
Meanwhile, here are the stories making headlines today:
Raila men fiercely divided on BBI report
Allies of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s are sharply divided on how to proceed with the BBI Bill.
This played out just a day after the joint parliamentary team submitted their reports to the speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate.
We Did Not Tell Ruto to Open the Country’ Khaligraph Jones Finally Reveals Details of Ruto’s Meeting
Leading African Rapper and Kenyan hitmaker Khaligraph Jones also known as the OG on Saturday met with Deputy President William Ruto.
Khaligraph on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, revealed some of the details of the meeting. He stated that all artist knew why the counties were put on lockdown and were not forcing the government to open the country.
Bold MPs look Uhuru, Raila in the eye, nail BBI flaws
A critical parliamentary committee has pinpointed what it calls illegalities in the BBI Bill, giving its critics fresh ammunition against the referendum push.
In a bold move, the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs Committee rendered a harsh verdict on several provisions, especially defining 70 new constituencies, terming them unconstitutional.