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Speaker Muturi rules on the amendment of BBI Bill by MPs

Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has ruled that National Assembly could not amend the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill.

Speaker Muturi on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 ruled out the amendment of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill by the Members of Parliament (MPs).

While making his ruling over the matter, the National Assembly Speaker stated that the Parliament cannot amend the BBI Bill noting that the role of the parliament is only to introduce the bill and either pass or fail to pass it.

“Parliament has no role in the origination of the bill and is only required to introduce the bill and either pass or fail to pass it,” Muturi stated.

Muturi had also dismissed the issues of major errors within the BBI document terming them as minor typographical errors.

“The errors have been observed to be inadvertent and mostly typographical or cross referential and that the text of the bill is sufficiently clear in what it tends to amend.

“The House will therefore continue considering the bill that was introduced and committed to the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) committee as submitted by the IEBC,” Muturi stated.

This comes after both the House of the Senate and that of the National Assembly had differed sharply on whether to amend the bill or debate it as it is.

According to a report by JLAC, only 13 counties received and passed the correct version of the document. Among the counties which received the correct version include Mandera, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Murang’a, Kiambu, Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet, Laikipia, Nakuru, and Siaya.   

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Written by Kennedy Omondi

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