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Deputy President William Ruto meets LSK President Nelson Havi

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi held a meeting with Deputy President William Ruto and presented him a copy of a document that was sent to the parliament to defend the Constitution.

The Law Society of Kenya Boss handed over the document to DP Ruto on Friday, August 27, 2021 at his residence.

In his statement, Havi said that the constitution guarantees democracy for all Kenyans adding that there is need to protect it.

“We have said it before and we will repeat it. The nation of Kenya has chosen the path of democracy; Our own constitution speaks to what is right in a democratic society, ” Havi said.

The meeting between the two leaders came barely a week after the Court of Appeal upheld the High court ruling on Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill that declared it null and void.

President Uhuru Kenyatta  and the ODM party leader Raila Odinga  who are the main proponent of the document attempted to amend the constitution through the BBI process.

A seven-judge bench on Friday, August 20, 2021 while making their ruling over the BBI bill said that the process was unconstitutional.

During the ruling, Court of Appeal President Daniel Musinga and Judge Patrick Kiage accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of initiating a process of constitutional change, saying that his role was limited to being the Head of State.

Judges Daniel Musinga and Patrick Kiage stated that the Building Bridges Initiative’s biggest problem was the role played by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Musinga said the BBI Executive Committee does not have any legal capacity to amend the constitution.

“Under our constitution, the president cannot initiate a constitutional amendment process through a referendum. He had good intentions but it was not implemented in accordance with the constitution,” Judge Musinga said.

Kiage further stated that the president has his own rights but does not have the constitutional mandate to initiate the process of amending the constitution.

“His duty is to obey and defend the constitution in accordance with the oath he received,” Judge Kiage said as he read out his decision.

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