Deputy President William Ruto is all smiles after court ruling declared the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) process illegal.
Taking to his official Twitter page moments after the ruling on Thursday,May 13, Ruto celebrated the win by giving thanks to the Almighty.
“There is GOD in heaven who loves kenya immeasurably. May GOD’S name be PRAISED forever.”
The ruling was made by Justice Teresia Matheka, Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Jairus Ngaah, and Chacha Mwita.
The five-bench judge argued that the BBI Bill is not a popular initiative but a taskforce initiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“It is therefore clear as concluded above that the BBI taskforce, which was morphed into the steering committee, was the President’s and not the people’s initiative,” said Judge Mwita.
“It is also quite clear that what was presented as a popular initiative to amend the constitution is, in reality, the President’s initiative which is contrary to Article 257 of the constitution.
The judges also faulted the 70 new constituencies’ proposal terming it unconstitutional, noting that the jurisdiction falls under the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
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“The BBI not only unlawfully takes over the functions of IEBC but also allocates constituencies in violation of constitutional principles set out in Article 89 which IEBC is obliged to adhere to in executing its mandate,” said Judge Matheka.
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