Speaker Muturi set to issue key rulings on BBI

National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi, is Tuesday afternoon set to issue seven key rulings that will determine the fate of the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 also known as the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill.

Last week, members had raised serious constitutional issues on the Bill including whether there is need for the document to be amended further.

The members of both houses have been at loggerheads on whether to amend the Bill after it emerged that some provisions contained in it were allegedly unconstitutional.

Of big concern was on the provision creating additional 70 new constituencies which some members want expunged, arguing that it is the mandate of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Speaker Muturi is expected to give directions on whether the Bill affronts the aspirations of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and whether some of the clauses are illegitimate and unconstitutional.

Meanwhile, divided opinion continued to be exhibited in the Senate Tuesday morning as senators continued to debate on the constitution amendment bill of 2020.

This is even after the Speaker of the senate, Kenneth Lusaka, announced that by Thursday this week, the senate will have been done with the bill.

The senate has designated Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as special days to dispense with the bill.

Bungoma senators, Moses Wetangula, who was among senators who spoke on the bill Tuesday morning described the bill as a good idea that was done poorly.

He still holds to the idea that the few flaws in the bill can be amended by parliament contrary to insinuation that parliament has no mandate of amending it since this was a public initiated process.

According to Wetangula ,some of the provisions in the document are just a duplication of what already exists.

His Kirinyaga counterpart, Charles Kibiru, however was of the contrary view, giving the document a clean bill of health.

He said if endorsed, regions that have been marginalized in terms of representation like central Kenya, will finally get what they have been pushing for for a very long time.

Kiburu called on his colleagues in the senate to endorse the bill when the time comes.


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