Raila, Uhuru Place A Mega Jackpot Bet On BBI To Surpass Threshold Today

KEY POINTS:

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga have placed a jackpot bet on County Assemblies to surpass BBI threshold today.
  • The expectations are that once the threshold of 24 counties is attained, the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, will be introduced in both the National Assembly and the Senate without delay.
  • So far, 12 counties have endorsed the proposed changes with 22 more assemblies expected to debate it today to either approve or reject it.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga have placed a jackpot bet on County Assemblies to surpass BBI threshold today.

The expectations are that once the threshold of 24 counties is attained, the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, will be introduced in both the National Assembly and the Senate without delay.

This implies that should an additional 12 county assemblies approve the proposals by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) today, the push to amend the Constitution would move to the two Houses of Parliament.

So far, 12 counties have endorsed the proposed changes with 22 more assemblies expected to debate it today to either approve or reject it.

The counties debating the BBI today are Nyeri, Nyamira, Meru, Embu, Makueni, Machakos, Kitui, Kirinyaga and Migori. Others are Kilifi, Garissa, Nakuru, Mombasa, Taita Taveta and Isiolo. These counties are also expected to take a vote on the document.

Lower Eastern region county assemblies of Machakos, Makueni and Kitui yesterday unanimously agreed to pass the Bill when it comes up to their respective assemblies this morning.

Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli yesterday hosted Raila and Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe in his home for a BBI monitoring strategy meeting.

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According to Atwoli, the meeting received reports from various county assemblies ahead of today’s vote.

BBI co-chair Junet Mohammed, who also attended the meeting, said they have lined up a series of political rallies starting March 1 to drum up support for the constitutional reforms.

The secretariat, Mohammed added, will from tomorrow release a schedule for the referendum campaigns.

He also hinted that a major political alliance was in the offing, which will midwife the Uhuru succession.

“We are coming up with a mother of all political coalitions for the 2022 elections… Our slogan is gather all, scatter none,” he said.

The latest development comes against the backdrop of a pronouncement by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi that MPs only need about three weeks to debate the Bill.

This means the document is likely to be subjected to a referendum before June as had been projected by the BBI secretariat.

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