New details have emerged on the main reason as to why the Deputy President William Ruto’s close associates have strongly rejected plan to pass Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill in National Assembly.
The Second in Command allies have rejected a plan by a section of lawmakers to use Parliament route as the appropriate way to pass proposals in the BBI report that was birthed from the famous Handshake between President Kenyatta and the Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga.
A selection of lawmakers proposed that MPs have sessions like that of Inter Parties Parliamentary Group that effected piece-meal changes to the Constitution ahead of the 1997 General Election.
However, Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki said the proposals by a section of legislators to try and revive some of the BBI proposals will not succeed.
Senator Kindiki asserted that some of the amendments touching on the foundational doctrines and clauses of the Constitution must start and end with the people and not in the Parliament.
“Just like the recently failed “Executive Initiative” that was found to be alien to our law, the court will, without doubt, declare the current attempt to tamper with entrenched provisions without a Constituent Assembly established by the people illegally, unconstitutional, null and void,” Kithure stated.
“Will Parliament be advised? He posed. On his part, Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei termed the move as efforts in futility, as the Executive has captured Parliament,” he posed.
“The few of us who have stood the tide in Parliament have already been overrun by the State capture happening in the bi-cameral Parliament,” Cherargei told People Daily yesterday,” he added.
“If there are any BBI or constitutional reforms, let them be brought to the people to decide not Parliament,” he said, adding that the court ruled that any constitutional making process must start and end with the people,” he advised.
Nandi County Senator Samson Cherargei, however, supported calls by Catholic Bishops to have BBI referendum held after the 2022 general polls, affirming there is no time for a referendum before the next election.