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Parliament Reunited for Special Sessions from Wednesday to BBI Debate –

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Parliament will hold special sittings from Wednesday, April 28, 2021, to discuss the Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill among other things.

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Last week, the National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi had revealed that the joint House of Commons committee was finalizing its report on the bill before submitting it.

After reaching the constitutional threshold and being approved by more than 40 County legislatures, the bill is expected to be debated in parliament.

According to the Constitution of Kenya, if the Bill is supported by a majority of MPs it will be given a referendum.

The referendum is expected to take place sometime in June, according to BBI advocates.

Read: Parliament Re-Joins Special Session Next Week On BBI Bill

Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka had ordered last month the BBI Bill to be introduced into the house for its first reading on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

The resolution, according to the speaker, was passed after a meeting of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Lusaka further directed the Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Law to hold a joint meeting with Parliament and hold public participation.

This meant that the bill had to be introduced to the Senate, the National Assembly at the same time.

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“I urge the clerk of Parliament to ensure that there are sufficient copies of the Bill in the form that was submitted to the county legislatures by the IEBC,” Lusaka said.

The BBI proposes, among others, an amendment to the Constitution to establish more than 70 parliamentary seats in what its architects say it means addressing issues affecting gender, people living with disabilities and poor representation in densely populated counties.

The proposal will see Parliament with a total of 360 MPs from the current 290.

In the Senate, Kenyans will vote for 94 Senators if the Bill is passed.

The house will be made up of one man and one woman elected in each of the 47 counties.

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