ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi has welcomed the amended version of the BBI saying the concerns raised through his party ANC have been incorporated.
Mudavadi has now expressed his support for the collection of BBI Signatures that was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He said a scrutiny of the document reveals that a number of concerns raised by other bodies and institutions and Kenyans at large have also been addressed.
Mudavadi had expressed concern on the establishment of the office of the Judiciary Ombudsman, and called for the empowerment of the Senate. “Judiciary Ombudsman will now be anex officio member of the JSC. Additionally, he will be vetted by the Senate, thereby giving the office a seal of approval by a people’s Representatives,” He said.
The BBI had initially proposed that IEBC Commissioners would be 7, four of whom were to be appointed by parliamentary political parties, Mudavadi welcomed the shelving of the proposal saying the appointment of IEBC Commissioners shall remain as currently provided under the present Constitution, which enhances its independence.
He said the amended version has created a clear affirmative action for Persons with disabilities as well as Women and Youths.
Mudavadi pointed out that there was no mention of, nor provision for, Leadership within the Senate, but the situation has now been clarified and corrected by retaining the position of Leader of Majority and Leader of Minority in the Senate.
He says this will empower the House and enhance its performance in carrying out its functions.
He said the proposed transfer of functions from the Nairobi County to the National Government in the Report has been deleted in the Bill saying, “This is a major boost in strengthening devolution as the status of Nairobi as a County Government has been restored.”
He had also pointed out the need to maintain the autonomy of the police after the BBI proposed the formation of a Kenya police Council which would have been answerable to a Cabinet Secretary.
The ANC party leader says these concerns have been addressed which enhance inclusivity.
“The ANC Party through its Party leader appreciates a few other changes that have been incorporated in the amended version released today as compared to the version that was released during the 26th October, 2020 BOMAS launch,” He said.
Mudavadi also welcomed the clarity on how the Leader of Opposition shall come to effect, with the amended version clearly stating, “A person shall not assume the office of the Leader of the Official Opposition if the Prime Minister is appointed from the person’s political party or coalition of parties.”
“The diplomatic but firm position that we took as ANC Party has borne fruits. Our quest has not been in vain. We urge Kenyans to read the newly amended document now that substantive changes have been made,” Mudavadi said.