COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli now says that if the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) does not see the light of day, then the union will appeal to Parliament to extend the president’s term by one year.
While speaking in Nakuru County on Thursday, June 17, 2021, Atwoli said that they will move to the supreme court if the Court of Appeal does not approve the BBI bill.
“If they (Court of Appeal) don’t give us a ruling we will move to the Supreme Court and if we still don’t get it we will have to start afresh and we will appeal through our parliamentarians to extend the elections by even one year until we get BBI,” Atwoli said.
The COTU boss also stated that they will appeal to the National Assembly to postpone the 2022 general elections until the BBI bill is passed, noting that the initiative is the only remedy that will ensure peaceful elections.
“…If there will be no BBI we will look into an issue of making sure we have BBI before we go for the elections. We want peace in this country as workers. After every five years the recipient of problems are workers… We will appeal to Kenyans to appeal to Members of Parliament if there is no BBI we will postpone elections until we get BBI. If there will be no BBI there will be no elections. That one I can tell you for free,” Atwoli stated.
This comes after a five-bench High Court judges had ruled the 2010 Constitution amendment Bill unconstitutional, null and void.
The court further ruled that President Kenyatta had violated provisions of Chapter 6 of the Constitution on leadership and integrity, and that he can be sued in his personal capacity and not as the head of state.
The High court ruling prompted the handshake partners, President Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the IEBC to file a case at the Court of Appeal seeking to overturn the High court ruling.