African indigenous religious leaders pledge to support BBI

Written By: Muraya Kamunde

Over 200 representatives from the African indigenous religious leaders have pledged to support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) process among other national issues.

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While supporting the document, the leaders met Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho noted that BBI presented a genuine opportunity for Kenya to secure its political and economic future by ensuring fairness in representation and allocation of resources.

Earlier, PS Kibicho lauded County assemblies for surpassing the threshold for the Constitution of Kenya amendment Bill, 2020.

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“The overwhelming positive response by over 90% of the counties differentiates noise from reality. It demonstrates Kenyans have understood and chosen the path of reconciliation based on the pillars of fair representation and resource allocation,” he said.

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In an interview with a local radio station, PS Kibicho said that through BBI, Kenyans said that they didn’t want a country held hostage by cyclical elections.

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On Tuesday, 26 counties voted yes to the bill paving the way for the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, to be introduced in both the National Assembly and the Senate for debate without delay.

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38 counties have so far endorsed the BBI constitutional amendment bill and more were expected to pass it by Thursday.

If Parliament passes the Bill, it shall be submitted to the President after which it will be subjected to a referendum.

Even if both houses fail to pass it, the proposed amendments shall be submitted to the people in a referendum.

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