A section of Members of the County Assembly of Kajiado has vowed to adopt and pass the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill as soon as it is introduced in the house for debate.
This pledge comes amid a drop in hard stance by some Ward Representatives thought to be supporters of Deputy President Wiliam Ruto.
Just last week, the county leadership led by Governor Joseph Ole Lenku held a consultative meeting with ODM leader Raila Odinga vowing to mobilize members of their assembly to rally behind the BBI.
The ruling Jubilee party house leadership is keen to use its numerical strength boosted by NASA coalition MCAs who are supporting the document courtesy of handshake between the party principals.
The assembly has 41 MCAs with jubilee controlling 75 percent of this number.
Majority leader Julius Moipai asserts that the bill will sail through but noted that the due process will be followed in passing the bill. The most important aspect of this according to Moipai is ensuring public participation takes place fully.
Some MCAs are however calling for a chance to experts take them through the contents of the documents to understand it fully. Others hold the view that the document needs to be translated into the local dialect.
“The current English document is a tall order for several semi-literate MCAs in the assembly.” One of the MCAs said
The majority of the ward reps are rooting for the adoption of the bill saying it has come with “goodies” for locals especially the marginalized communities.
A section of Jubilee party MCAs who had initially opposed the bill appears to have backtracked from their previous position, toning down their opposition campaigns.
Kajiado Governor south rift BBI coordinator and other leaders have been whipping the MCAs to pass the bill.