ODM party leader Raila Odinga today held a meeting with Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyongo who was accompanied by Amir Zaki and Ike Allibhai both of Elsewedy Electric from Egypt. The meeting came just after 28 counties passed the BBI Bill. Raila had predicted during the weekend that the Bill will sail through the county stage by Tuesday, 23rd February.
The former premier dubbed today as the ‘BBI Super Tuesday’. The Bill will now be sent to the National Assembly and the senate for further processes before being subjected to a referendum. Several county assemblies passed the bill unanimously without opposition. Baringo County Assembly remains the only assembly that has rejected the BBI Ammendment Bill.
The passage of the Bill serves as a big blow to the Deputy president William Ruto who remains opposed to the constitutional reforms process. The DP and his brigade had sworn to shoot down the Bill, since it was not a priority to Kenyans. The second in command has umpteenth times expressed his disinterest in the process and threatened to stop the BBI reggae after his proposals were not captured.
Ruto had proposed a multiple choice referendum unlike Raila’s Yes vs No referendum push. The DP claimed that a contested referendum would be divisive. He opined that the country was already polarised and there is no need to push it into another campaign mood that could risk dividing it more by piting Kenyans against each other.
Ruto and his allies will now take their war to the floor of the National Assembly and the Senate. President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga however control numbers in the two houses if the past events in the houses are to go by. Uhuru and Ruto have flexed muscles before on who controls numbers within the Jubilee party.
In all the instances, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s camp emerged victorious. The DP staged a fight during the Jubilee purge that saw his allies kicked out of plum parliamentary positions. The Tangatanga camp also tried to save former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko from impeachment and to impeach Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru to no avail.