Kirinyaga County Assembly has dismissed reports doing rounds on January 27, 2021, purporting that it had endorsed the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 on Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
In a statement seen by Kenyans.co.ke, the County Assembly Speaker Anthony Waweru them information false, but confirmed that the assembly had received the bill on January 26, but was yet to deliberate on it.
Waweru stated that Members of the Kirinyaga County Assembly are currently on recess and would resume preliminary seatings on February 8, 2021.Kirinyaga County Assembly MCAs during a retreat in Naivasha in 2017File
“The County Assembly of Kirinyaga has not considered the Constitutional amendment Bill 2020 (BBI)," the statement reads in part.
Waweru further stated that the assembly would deliberate on the amendment bill extensively and determinations presented to the Senate and National Assembly as stipulated by the law.
“The County Assembly of Kirinyaga shall in consultation with the people of Kirinyaga and within the confines of the law consider the Constitutional Amendment Bill and submit its decisions to the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the National Assembly as guided by section 257(6) of the constitution of Kenya," the statement reads.
Members of County Assemblies have had the spotlight turned on them, as their determinations would make or break the BBI report.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Monday, January 25, cleared the way for the BBI to move to county assemblies.
This is after the commission confirmed that 1.4 million votes collected by the BBI secretariat were enough to kickstart the referendum process.
The amendment bill will then be subjected to a referendum should a majority of the county assemblies pass the bill, whereas it will terminate immediately should it fail to garner the required threshold.A signpost in front of Kirinyaga County Assembly building.
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