The BBI debate continue to change Kenya’s political landscape and those already directly hit by this political wave are politicians in DP William Ruto’s camp. For fear of being seen as opposing the whole process, DP William Ruto has abandoned his earlier stand of having the amendments made and passed in parliament. However Tanga Tanga MPs from the Mt Kenya region are already pushing towards an opposite direction, insisting BBI has to be passed in parliament without being taken to the people.
The legislators on Saturday said any Constitutional amendment in relation to BBI report should be Parliament-led.
They said many aspects contained in the BBI report can be implemented in the Parliament because they touch on the law and not amendment to the Constitution.
“Parliament is the sole body constitutionally mandated to pass laws. We commit ourselves to drive legal work in Parliament moving forward,” part of the statement read by Embu senator Njeru Ndwiga read.
The group said Kenyans are already over burdened and national resources should be spared from a national referendum.
“We must avoid a contentions, divisive national process. We must avoid a national process that works against the primary objective of BBI- the unity of our country,” the statement said.
They said the BBI must not be used for politics nor be hijacked by evil people.
The legislators said if the country must go to a referendum, then it must be solely based on the issues raised in the current BBI report, a process that unites and not divide.
As a result the MPs said they hold that if a referendum must be done, it should be conducted alongside the 2022 general election.