Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata was put on the spot by his fellow colleagues in the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee following the current debate over alleged wrong Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) document.
The lawmakers held a meeting on Friday, April 23, 2021 to approve the document that would be sent to the Speakers of the National Assembly and that of the Senate after reports emerged that the two houses received different BBI documents.
In his statement, the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee Chair Kigano Muturi stated that out of the 27 members, Kang’ata was the only lawmaker who declined to append his signature to verify the document.
“As you can see, we represent the whole committee. The report we are forwarding is approved by the two committees. Senator Kang’ata is the only one who did not agree with the approval and decided to abstain. We do not know what his feelings are at the moment.
“All others have approved the report and the bill and we have our recommendations and observations. The speakers will guide the debate when both houses resume. Therefore, those reporting that the BBI has failed should be aware that problems arise, but that does not necessarily mean that we are having any disagreements,” Muturi said.
The Senate Justice and Legal Affairs Committee Chairman Okongo Omogeni added that they had collectively agreed on the contents of the report presented.
“I want to allay the rumours and clarify that we do not have saboteurs within the committee. All of us are proponents. The errors noted in the bills were typing and not factual errors,” Omogeni stated.
“We have had an amicable but challenging task. I have signed the report and so has Otiende Amollo. It will be taken to the plenary and then the referendum,” ODM’s Senate Minority Leader James Orengo added.
Kang’ata was removed from the position of the Senate Majority Whip and was replaced with Kiambu Senator, Kimani Wamatangi. However, he was retained in the Senate Justice and Legal Affairs Committee.