BBI bill overshoots threshold on Super Tuesday

Kenyans moved closer to a referendum as the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill surpassed the 24 county threshold.

38 counties have so far endorsed the BBI constitutional amendment bill and more were expected to pass it, kickstarting the next phase of the process that targets a referendum by June 2021.

26 counties voted yes to the bill on a day labelled by proponents led by ODM leader Raila Odinga as ‘Super Tuesday’ 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.

Article 157(7) says that if the draft Bill has been approved by a majority of the county assemblies, it shall be introduced in Parliament without delay.

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.

The IEBC is scheduled to hold a referendum within 60 days falling between April 6 and June 6, 2021.

Bungoma, Narok, Makueni, Machakos, Kitui, Lamu, Garissa, Mombasa, Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Nyeri have become the latest county assemblies to approve the Bill.

Others are Taita Taveta, Nyamira, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Meru, Makueni, Taita Taveta and Machakos counties.

In a surprise move, Bomet county where Deputy President enjoys immense support voted in the affirmative.

Only Baringo county has so far rejected the bill.

The MCAs unanimously approved the Bill during sessions held on Tuesday attended by respective county bosses.

In Narok, all the 47 MCAs voted for the document. The Bill that was tabled in the house by the Justice and Legal committee chairperson Patrick Sossio was passed after a two-hour debate where all members who stood to contribute on the motion supported its approval.

Narok governor Samuel Tunai addressing the press (Photo/Stanley Mbugua)

In Kirinyaga, the bill was tabled by the assembly’s Legal, Justice and Delegated Legislation Committee Chairperson, Gudson Muchina, who is also the Member of County Assembly for Tebere Ward.

Governor Ann Waiguru congratulated the MCAs saying they have truly represented the voice of the residents.

The MCAs flanked by Governor Waiguru (Photo/ Leonard Munene)

In Nyandarua all the 37 members present supported the motion that was tabled by Justice and legal committee affairs chairman Ken Mukira.

There was drama at the assembly after a power outage lasting 20 minutes interrupted debate with a section of MCAs taking on the CEC for Finance for not settling power bills. The MCAs decided to proceed with the debate in total darkness after the backup generator also failed.

Water and Sanitation Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki and Nyandarua governor Francis Kimemia hailed the passage of the bill that would bring about sweeping changes to the constitution.

CS Sicily Kariuki and governor Kimemia addressing the media after the bill sailed through (Photo/Lydia Mwangi)

In Murang’a all 53 MCAs in Murang’a voted for the bill.

Murang’a county assembly (Photo/Wambui Mwangi)

In Kitui all the 54 MCAs unanimously voted in favour of the document. The motion was moved by the Assembly’s leader of majority Peter Kilonzo and seconded by minority leader Alex Nganga in the morning session.

On his part, Mr Nganga said, “time has come for us as leaders to promote peaceful coexistence in the country. No single Kenyan should lose their due to violent general elections.”

He, however, registered dissatisfaction with the distribution of the BBI-proposed additional constituencies which sidelined Kitui County.

Mombasa county assembly unanimously passed the Building Bridges initiative BBI constitutional amendment bill,2020 after adopting a public participation report.

MCA’S allied to deputy president William Ruto Camp supported the report attracting jeers and cheers in the assembly.

The MCA’S led by Airport ward MCA Ibrahim Omondi termed the approval as historic (Photo/Haniel Mengistu)
Mombasa Senator Mohamed Faki and former Mayor Ahmed Mohdhar graced the occasion (Photo/Haniel Mengistu)

County Assemblies that have approved the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020 

  1. Siaya
  2. Homabay
  3. Kisumu
  4. Busia
  5. West Pokot
  6. Trans Nzoia
  7. Kajiado
  8. Kisii
  9. Vihiga
  10. Nairobi
  11. Laikipia
  12. Samburu
  13. Kakamega
  14. Narok
  15. Nyamira
  16. Taita Taveta
  17. Murang’a
  18. Bungoma
  19. Kitui
  20. Makueni
  21. Nyeri
  22. Lamu
  23. Nyandarua
  24. Kirinyaga
  25. Garissa
  26. Machakos
  27. Mombasa
  28. Nakuru
  29. Meru
  30. Tharaka Nithi
  31. Bomet
  32. Kiambu
  33. Marsabit
  34. Kwale
  35. Migori
  36. Isiolo
  37. Embu
  38. Tana River

Counties remaining

3.Elgeyo Marakwet
4.Uasin Gishu
5. Wajir



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