Speaker Muturi decided to make important decisions for the BBI – KBC


The Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, on Tuesday afternoon will be required to make seven key decisions that will determine the fate of the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 also known as the Bridge Construction Bill (BBI).

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Last week, members had raised serious constitutional issues on the Bill, including whether it needed to be amended further.

Members of both houses have been at loggerheads over whether to amend the Bill after it was discovered that several of its provisions are alleged to be unconstitutional.

Of particular concern was the provision of 70 new parliamentary constituencies, which some members want to dissolve, saying it was an order of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

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Speaker Muturi is expected to issue directives on whether the Bill meets the requirements of the 2010 Constitution of Kenya and whether some of the provisions are illegal and unconstitutional.

Meanwhile, divided views continued to be expressed in the Senate on Tuesday morning as senators continued to debate the 2020 constitutional amendment bill.

This is even after the Speaker of the Senate, Kenneth Lusaka, announced that by Thursday this week, the senate would have completed the bill.

The Senate has designated Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as special days to release the bill.

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

He still clings to the idea that a few flaws in the bill could be rectified by parliament as opposed to insisting that parliament has no power to change it as this was a public-initiated process.

According to Wetangula, some of the passages in the document are simply a repetition of what already exists.

Kirinyaga’s colleague, Charles Kibiru, however, had a different opinion, giving him a clean health certificate.

He said if approved, areas that have been marginalized in terms of representation such as central Kenya, will eventually get what they have been pushing for so long.

Kiburu urged his colleagues in the senate to approve the bill when it arrives.

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