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Attorney General Paul Kihara reveals the next move after the Court of Appeal’s ruling on BBI Bill

Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto has revealed that they are considering moving to the Supreme Court to challenge the Court of Appeal’s judgement that upheld the High court ruling which declared the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) illegal and unconstitutional.

The Solicitor General while addressing the media outside the courts on Friday, August 20, 2021 immediately after the Court of Appeal judgment was delivered, stated that the office of the Attorney General are considering to challenge the judgement.

He however, said that the decision to move to the superior court will be made after a deliberation on the full judgment by the court.

The Attorney faulted the Appeal’s court decision to uphold the ruling issued by the High Court declaring the BBI null and void.

Siaya Senator, James Orengo who represented the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader, Raila Odinga and the BBI Secretariat also played coy with filing an appeal at the Supreme Court that is headed by Chief Justice Martha Koome.

The Senate Minority Leader weighed in on Raila’s statement clarifying that the former Prime Minister had alluded to salvaging the BBI through other undisclosed forums, but which analysts opined could be the Supreme Court or Parliament.

“In his statement, he spoke about the discussion going on. The next move may be proceeding to another forum,” Orengo stated.

Raila, on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 stated that they would not appeal the case at the Supreme Court should the Appellate Court throw it out. He added that his party would instead focus on the 2022 General Election.

However, in his statement issued on Friday, August 20, 2021 following the Court of Appeal judgement, the former Prime Minister hinted that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill may be revisited at one time in the near future.

“It is likely that today’s Court of Appeal ruling is not the end of the conversation and the parties involved will each make their own decisions on how to proceed from the decision that has been delivered today. But we feel that we have to move on,” Raila stated.

“This is not an indication of our regard to this noble initiative. Far from that, we feel that we must now see the forest for the trees, and pursue the bigger goal of setting the rest of the issues facing this country right,” he added.

Through the joint statement issued by Nairobi Senator, Johnson Sakaja, and his Makueni counterpart, Mutula Kilonzo Junior, the duo hinted out that the BBI process was not yet over.

“It is now time for us as leaders, from all different shades of the political divide, to have an honest conversation with each other. We urge our colleagues in Parliament to put the country first as we had proposed that we isolate issues of consensus and make necessary interventions after the High Court ruling,” the Senator stated.

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