The country is now headed for a referendum after more than 24 county assemblies approved the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
Bungoma, Narok, Makueni, Machakos, Kitui, Lamu, Garissa, Mombasa, Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Nyeri have become the latest county assemblies to approve the Bill.
Others are Taita Taveta, Nyamira, Nakuru and Nyandarua counties.
This pushes to 27, the number of counties that have far passed the BBI Bill.
This surpasses the magic number of 24 counties which was the threshold required to pass the proposed changes to send it to the next stage – Parliament en route to a referendum.
The MCAs unanimously approved the Bill during sessions held on Tuesday morning.
In Kitui, the ward reps passed the bill during a seating presided over by Speaker George Ndotto.
The motion was moved by Majority leader Peter Kilonzo and seconded by minority leader Alex Nganga.
The bill was tabled by Justice and Legal affairs committee chairman Boniface Akosi and seconded by Rosslyn Katibi.
In Kakamega, the bill was unanimously passed after the MCAs after a 30-minutes debate. The approval came just a day after the MCs returned from a one day bonding session in Kisumu on Monday evening.
They had earlier threatened to shoot down the bill demanding they be given Sh 500, 000 each on top of the car grand. They boycotted public participation on Friday.
Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and nominated senator Naomi Shiyonga sat through the session.
Oparanya said that passage of the bill in the county assemblies was the most critical stage for the bill.
“The national assembly is just a formality because they have no role on the Bill. Whether they pass or reject it, I will still process to the referendum,” Oparanya said.
In Murang’a all 53 MCAs in Murang’a voted for the bill. They were all present.
In Narok, all the 47 members of the county assembly including elected and nominated unanimously voted in support of the bill on Tuesday morning.
This means all the Maa counties have passed the Bill after Kajiado, Laikipia and Samburu.
In Nyeri, the public participation report was tabled by the legal affairs committee chair Julia Wanjiku on Tuesday morning and its debate started at around 10 am.
Wanjiku said most members of the public supported it as it guaranteed the existence of three out of six protected constituencies in the county.
They include Othaya, Mukurweini and Tetu.
More Assemblies are expected to pass the Bill later in the day.
More to follow..
Reports by John Nalianya, Hilton Otenyo, Musembi Nzengu, George Owiti, Praxedes Cheti, Stephen Astariko, Alice Waithera, Loise Macharia, Eutycas Muchiri and Kiplagat Kirui
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Publish date : 2021-02-23 09:22:30