Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga is in a celebration mood after the Senate and the National Assembly overwhelmingly passed Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill.
The former Prime Minister has congratulated the lawmakers for passing the BBI Bill despite some dispute over the Bill. Some members had proposed that the BBI reports be amended before passing it.
“Well! Members of both the senate and national assembly of Kenya voted overwhelmingly in favour of the BBI bill,” Raila said.
During the proceedings, the bill went through the mandatory second and third readings before the senators could vote.
During the second reading, a total of 52 senators voted in support of the bill, while 11 rejected it. The House reconvened later on in the afternoon for the third reading, during which the MPs took the final vote with 51 members endorsing the bill.
Earlier in the day, the Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka in a letter to senators, he said that Parliament which is tasked with representing the people’s will cannot claim to go against the will of the people who have clearly expressed themselves.
“It is a path taken by citizens who recognize that all sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya, as stated in Article 1 of the Constitution, and that the people of Kenya may exercise their sovereign power directly or through democratically elected representatives,” he said.
He continued: “I am persuaded that a proper construction of the Constitution leads us to the conclusion that Parliament’s delegated power to exercise the sovereignty of the people by representing their will does not and cannot extend to subverting, altering or substituting that will with its own wisdom, where the people have unequivocally expressed themselves.” Lusaka stated.