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Ledama; I hate BBI, I only voted yes because I was forced, and had no choice.


Narok County Senator Ledama Ole Kina has now added a fresh twist to the intrigues surrounding the parliamentary vote that took place in May on both floors of the House; Senate and the National Assembly. The vote is remembered for producing shocks and surprises, most memorable being that by Bahati member of parliament, Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri who, despite being a vocal opponent of the Bill prior to its voting in parliament, still went ahead and voted for it.

 


Since the vote, Ledama Ole Kina has been receiving a lot of criticism both online and directly. This is because he has been among Kenyans on the forefront advocating for the Bill’s rejection, yet he is among the legislators that voted in its favour when the Bill was brought before the floor of the Senate.

 


Ledama was speaking on K24’s weekly political show, Punchline, hosted by Debarl Ainea. He was appearing alongside Uasin Gishu Women Representative Gladys Boss Shollei. Also joining them virtually was lawyer and certified arbitrator, Charles Kanjama.

 


Ledama said that in recent times, he had been getting a beating due to the fact that despite his campaigning against the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020, popularly known as the BBI, he was among the leaders that voted in its support when it was tabled in parliament. Ledama went ahead to add that what people failed to realise is he didn’t support the Bill on his own volition, but was directed to do so by his constituents.

 


He said that he and his team had even gone to the extent of conducting a survey which found out that indeed, most people in Narok favoured the Bill. He declared that elected leaders are essentially the representatives of the people and have no option but to follow what the people direct them to do. He concluded that despite all this, he still personally had problems with the Bill such as the presence of an Ombudsman in the Judiciary, and so, was opposed to it.

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    Written by Joshua Wanga

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