The speaker of National Assembly Justin Muturi has directed that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Constitution Amendment Bill, 2020 be introduced at the National Assembly on Thursday.
Speaker Muturi has issued directive that the BBI Bill be introduced in the House for its First Reading on Thursday March 4, 2021.
He also directed the Clerk of the National Assembly to urgently obtains sufficient copies of the Bill in the form that it was presented to the 47 county assemblies by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
This comes after the bill met its constitutional threshold of 24 assemblies after 42 counties passed the BBI Bill while three counties (Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi and Baringo) have rejected it.
President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted a section of political party leaders at State House, Nairobi where they issued a joint statement expressing their gratitude to the County Assemblies that supported the BBI Bill.
The leaders who had attended the state house meeting included; Raila Odinga (ODM), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Gideon Moi (KANU), Charity Ngilu (Narc) and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya).
“Today, on behalf of a grateful nation, we convey our immense gratitude to all our County Assemblies for their monumental support for this Popular Initiative. Their bold action sets the foundation upon which Kenya shall advance inter-generational equity, realize gender parity, guarantee equal opportunities for all, and give each Kenyan a bigger slice of our shared prosperity,” Gideon Moi said in the joint statement.
So far, Uasin Gishu and Mandera county assemblies are the only two that have not debated the Bill.