The Garissa County Assembly has joined the growing list of assemblies that have given the nod to the constitution amendment Bill 2020.
Despite earlier fears that some goons were allegedly planning to disrupt the house sitting, the exercise went on smoothly with no hiccups. There was a heavy police presence in and around the assembly.
The majority of the MCAs overwhelmingly voted for the Bill with only four out of fifty opposing the document.
Addressing the press, the assembly Speaker Ibrahim Abass said that majority of MCAs approved the Bill after one hour of debating and voting.
Abbas said the MCAs felt convicted to pass the Bill for three main reasons among them an additional allocation of resources to the counties and financial autonomy of the assembly.
The other reason was anchoring of the Ward development fund into the constitution, Abass added.
“I had never seen the house united this much. The fact that the chair of the BBI taskforce was our late senator who before his demise appended his signature on the document was another very strong signal for the MCAs to back it,” Abbas said.
The chair of the house implementation committee Abdirahman Mohamed said that he was happy that he delivered a document that had overwhelmingly support by members.
“We together with my committee members did all that is required by law including subjecting the document to public participation that culminated in today’s vote,” Abdirahman said.
Governor Ali Korane who was present in the house said ‘as leaders from the area and the region at large we are happy the BBI bill has gone through against the naysayers who have always opposed everything and anything.’
“They have always tried to send the wrong signal that North Eastern is anti-BBI. The MCAs have today proved otherwise,” Korane said.
The governor challenged other Frontier Counties to hasten the process and support the BBI process noting that ‘they may have not gotten everything that is proposed but there something they can get from the document’.