The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill was on Tuesday, February 23 passed by 24 county assemblies making it eligible to the next step.
The Constitution Amendment Bill was passed by MCA’s from various counties leaving the BBI secretariat Dennis Waweru celebrating the win.
On Tuesday, Kakamega, Narok, Mombasa, Murang’a, Makueni, Kitui, Bungoma, Taita Taveta, Nyeri, Machakos, Tharaka Nithi and Lamu joined other counties in passing the bill.
The 12 county assemblies joined 13 County Assemblies which had previously accepted the bill which intends to change the governance in Kenya. The 13 were, Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Busia, Vihiga, Trans Nzoia, Nairobi, Kisii, West Pokot, Kajiado, Laikipia and Samburu
“We have 25 County Assemblies who have passed the BBI Bill and still counting,” BBI Secretariat Co-Chair Dennis Waweru said..
A hike in the numbers supporting the BBI bill is expected today, Tuesday, February 23 as 10 more County Assemblies are debating.
The BBI bill will now move to parliament for a final vote that will decide if Kenyans will vote on its proposal as a referendum.
Happy faces to the BBI supporters because even if the bill is taken to Senate and the National Assembly, the decision by the houses whether proposing or opposing will still result to a referendum after all.
National Assembly minority whip Junet Mohamed, who is also the BBI secretariat co-chairman stated that their next big plan is to get to the roads and tour the country preaching the referendum to citizens.
“From March 1, we are rolling out countrywide tours to take BBI to the people. With all the signs that the assemblies will pass the document by a big number, we will be rolling out grand plans to tell to the people what is in the document and counter any propaganda out there,”said Junet
More rallies should be expected according to the BBI promoters who said that having reached the 24-county constitutional threshold it is time for Kenyans to understand the document ahead of the referendum expect to happen in June.
“We wish to emphasise that we are within the timelines we had communicated earlier, and we are on course to hold the referendum by June 2021. We are confident of obtaining approvals from at least 35 county assemblies, way above the constitutional threshold of 24 counties,” Dennis Waweru said.
According to the National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi the bill debate will not take more than three weeks and the same time predicted to be used by Senate because the two houses are not changing anything in the document.
After the decision from Senate and the National Assembly, the speaker of the two house will communicate with the President.
The President will the pen a message to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for a referendum.
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