The road to amending the constitution through the Building Bridges Initiative is hitting a hard rock as the process of passing the bill is met with mixed signals within the ruling Jubilee Party, as factions emerge with different positions.
This is after the Party leader President Uhuru Kenyatta through the party secretary-general Raphael yesterday Thursday 11, 2021, instructed the MCAs to support the bill once it reaches the various County assemblies.
Through a letter written by Raphael Tuju to the majority leaders in the County assemblies to pass the bill as it was the party’s position to pass it.
The secretary-general reiterated that disciplinary action would follow should there arise wayward Members.
“This letter is to confirm to you that the official party position on the BBI is that you support the bill when it comes to the County Assembly. The letter also invokes Article 13.3 (Part Fand G) and Article 19.3 of the Jubilee Constitution,” Tuju said.
This was contrary to what his assistant and Soy lawmaker Caleb Kositany communicated to the Jubilee allied MCAs.
The DP Ruto’s mouthpiece said that the MCAs were free to use their own voices adding that there was no meeting by the National Executive Committee to give the party’s position on BBI as directed by the constitution.
“This is, therefore, to advise that in the absence of an official party position, any position as communicated by Tuju or anyone else is a personal position,” the Soy MP said.
“The threats enlisted in Tuju’s letter should be treated with utter contempt.”
The DP’s de facto spokesman continued that Tuju’s words were demeaning the intelligence of the MCAs.
This is after the SG had stated that the bill stood to benefit more, the ward representatives, and the counties and therefore ought to sail smoothly.
“As members of the County Assembly, it is of note that the amended constitution will mean more resources (35 percent) being assigned to the Counties. There will also be a Ward Fund that will empower the MCAs in every ward.”
The bill requires the threshold of at least 24 County assemblies to sail to the next stage with 4 counties already passed it. It was however contrary in Baring which became the first assembly to reject it.