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Parliament is holding special sessions to discuss the BBI Bill – KBC

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Parliament is on Wednesday and Thursday is holding special sessions to discuss the Kenya Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2020.

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Sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

“Pursuant to the provisions of Standing Ordinance 29 (3) of the Standing Orders of Parliament, it is hereby notified that Parliamentary Members of Parliament and the general public shall hold a special sitting of Parliament on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 10:00 p.m. morning and 2:30 will be ruled by Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 10:00 am and 2:30 will be ruled in the House of Assembly, ”read the statement.

This is after Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka received a report on the Brigges Initiative (BBI) report from Senator Okong’o Omogeni, Co-Chair of the Senate and the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs.

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Lusaka had previously failed to confirm the possibility of special sessions saying that he would be consulting with a colleague of the National Assembly on special sessions as all the houses are in recess.

Fierce divisions however have erupted in both houses after lawmakers said the draft schedule outlining how the 70 proposed areas would be distributed was illegal.

In addition, in what could lead to a legal crisis, legal counselors were reported to have identified errors during their investigation that only 13 county assemblies received the appropriate document for consideration.

They counties include Mandera, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Murang’a, Kiambu, Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet, Laikipia, Nakuru and Siaya.

According to the Constitution, at least 24 county parliaments must approve a draft bill to go to Parliament by ship.

The joint parliamentary committee acknowledged that the 32 county legislatures had debated the bill but dismissed the differences as minor and did not affect the essence of the document.

Co-chairs of the joint committee Muturi Kigano (Kangema) and Senator Okong’o Omogeni (Nyamira) however told reporters that the errors are being rectified and also trapped in the report which will be part of the debate when Parliament resumes.

“Errors have been identified in the report and will be part of the debate when Parliament resumes after a month-long Covid-19 break,” read part of their statement.

Parliament will also receive a report on the verification of the nominees for the chairman and member of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).

Parliament will also consider a public request for the removal of Tabitha Mutemi from the Media Council of Kenya (MCK).

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