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Otiende Amollo Slams ODM Chairman During BBI Debate

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  • Differences of opinion between the close allies of ODM Leader Raila Odinga on Thursday, April 29, played on the floor of the house when Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo insulted ODM Chairman John Mbadi during a debate on the BBI Constitutional Amendment Bill.

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    Mbadi was of the view that the report could be amended by Parliament even after voters attached their signatures, saying it needed to be constitutional.

    Amollo, who is a Senior Advocate, ridiculed Mbadi’s understanding of the law, noting that a constitutional amendment bill could be valid even if it was unconstitutional.

    “Mr. Speaker as a matter of law, and this is where I disagree with my chairman, constitutional amendments could be unconstitutional.

    “Now what we have done, with law professors like John Mbadi saying is not true but that is your opinion. I am talking about law. John Mbadi has not entered law school so just let me,” Amollo said while cheering his colleagues.

    ODM Chairman John Mbadi at a press conference in 2019

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    Mbadi on Wednesday, April 28, had stated that amending the bill could not be unconstitutional especially from a popular plan.

    Amollo noted that the final proposal of the report was that the bill be passed by both Houses without any amendments.

    “It is true that there are members who may have spoken earlier about this without knowing the conclusion of this report,” Amollo said referring to the ODM chairman.

    The lawyer also clarified that the report submitted to the Senate by the Law and Legal Affairs Committee showed typographical errors within the BBI bill but called it minor.

    He noted that Parliament should not make any significant changes to the document that came through the popular program.

    Reports had indicated that there was a problem within the BBI camp over decisions on whether to amend the bill. Part of the BBI’s advocates pushed for the BBI’s bill to be amended within Parliament.

    Others, however, argued that the bill should proceed with the referendum without any changes. Among the key issues dividing the BBI bloc is proposals for the creation of 70 parliamentary constituencies as various leaders claim some constituencies have not been changed.

    National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi had called for special parliamentary sessions on Wednesday, April 28, and Thursday, April 29 for lawmakers to discuss the BBI bill.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (Left) and Raila Odinga at the KICC in Nairobi for the National launch of the BBI signature collection exercise.  November 25, 2020.President Uhuru Kenyatta (Left) and Raila Odinga at the KICC in Nairobi for the National launch of the BBI signature collection exercise.  November 25, 2020.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga at the KICC in Nairobi for the National launch of the BBI signature collection exercise. November 25, 2020.

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  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM

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