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Raila’s allies differ sharply in parliament during the BBI debate

Orange Democratic Movement Leader Raila Odinga allies’ differences in opinion played out on Thursday, April 29, 2021 as Rarieda Member Parliament Otiende Amollo slammed his Suba South counterpart John Mbadi during BBI debate in parliament. 

The ODM Chairman had argued that the BBI report could be amended by Parliament even after the voters had appended their signatures. 

However, Rarieda Member of Parliament who is a Senior Counsel disagreed with Mbadi’s understanding of the law.

“Mr. Speaker as a matter of law, and this is where I disagree with my Chairman, a constitutional amendment can be unconstitutional.

“Now what we have done, and professors of law like John Mbadi saying is not true but that is your view. I am talking about the law. John Mbadi you’ve not stepped in Law school so just allow me,” Amollo stated. 

Mbadi on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 had argued that amending the bill could not be unconstitutional especially coming from a popular initiative.

Amollo noted that the ultimate recommendation of the report was for the bill to be passed by both Houses without any amendments.

“It is true that there are members who may have spoken prematurely on this not knowing the conclusion of this report,” Amollo stated.

The Senior counsel also pointed out that the report that was presented to the Senate by Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) had typographical minor errors.

This is after reports revealed that there was trouble within the BBI camp over decisions on whether to amend the bill or not.

A section of the BBI proponents had pushed for the BBI bill to be amended within Parliament while other lawmakers argued that the bill should proceed to a referendum without any changes. 

However, the key issues dividing the BBI camp is the proposed creation of 70 constituencies as some leaders claimed that their regions were shortchanged.

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