BBI Report Launch: What next?

Written By: Nicholas Kigondu

With Monday’s unveiling of the BBI report, Kenyans now have an opportunity to ventilate on its contents with final recommendations set for implementation either through a policy, parliamentary legislation or through a referendum.

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The committee has already come up with bills set to be forwarded to parliament for adoption.

If the proposals of the document are to be subjected to a referendum, then proponents of the report must collect at least one million signatures with the initiative taking the form of a formulated draft bill or a   question.

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) will then have to verify the signatures before submitting the draft Bill to each county assembly for consideration. This has to be done within three months after the date it was submitted to the electoral body.

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The draft Bill has to be endorsed by the majority of the county assemblies (at least 24 county assemblies) for it to move to the next level where it will be introduced in parliament. A copy of the draft Bill is to be delivered to the speakers of the two Houses of parliament by respective county assembly speakers  including a certificate authenticating  its approval by the county assembly.

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At least 12 legislative proposals are expected to be enacted by Parliament to implement parts of the BBI report. If the document is adopted by parliament, then, it will finally be subjected to a referendum presenting the electorate with a chance to either approve or reject it.

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