BBI Bill Passes Counties Stage

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta shares a light moment with ODM leader Raila Odinga at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Stadium
    President Uhuru Kenyatta shares a light moment with ODM leader Raila Odinga at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Stadium
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  • Update: Tuesday, February 23, 5 pm: Bomet County Assembly proceedings on the BBI bill debate were highly anticipated because it is perceived to be a stronghold of  Deputy President William Ruto.

    Bomet County MCAs voted to pass the bill with only one opposing the document.

    So far more than 35 counties have passed the bill, the latest being Bomet, Marsabit and Kiambu.
     


    The Building Bridges Initiative Secretariat is in a celebratory mood after the Constitutional Amendment Bill was passed by 24 county assemblies. 

    Described as Super Tuesday, MCAs from various counties passed the bill unanimously. 

    Some of the counties which gave the document a green light include Murang’a, Bungoma, Kitui, Taita Taveta, Narok Nyeri, Mombasa, Machakos and Kakamega.

    "We have 25 County Assemblies who have passed the BBI Bill and still counting," BBI Secretariat Co-Chair Dennis Waweru celebrated. 

    Kirinyaga Speaker Anthony Gathumbi signs the BBI bill for forwarding to the speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate.
    Kirinyaga Speaker Anthony Gathumbi signs the BBI bill for forwarding to the speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate.
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    The bill now moves to Parliament where the final vote will be taken to decide if Kenyans will vote on its proposals in a referendum. 

    The roadmap to the proposed June referendum is on course since the BBI secretariate had planned to conclude the county approval stage by the end of February. 

    According to the schedule, the Parliamentary stage will have to be concluded by the end of April. 

    “From March 1, we are rolling out countrywide tours to take BBI to the people. With all the signs that the assemblies will pass the document by a big number, we will be rolling out grand plans to tell to the people what is in the document and counter any propaganda out there,” National Assembly minority whip Junet Mohamed, who is also the BBI secretariat co-chairman stated. 

    More to follow...