The near sure death of the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 popularly known as the Building Bridges Initiative BBI, after it was thrown out by the Court of Appeal has now pushed one of DP Ruto’s most fierce defenders to admit what she wasn’t previously saying, and now confess that indeed the BBI actually had a lot to offer people from the areas within Central Kenya.
Gloria Orwoba, one of the Deputy President’s most vocal supporters, and a regular guest on political television shows was speaking on K24’s morning review when she was hosted by the show’s host for the morning, Jeff Mote. Alongside Gloria in the studio was fellow analyst, Arnold Maliba.
After her startling admission, Gloria then went ahead to declare that since the BBI had now fallen apart and chances of picking it up were pretty small, and in fact next to impossible, the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga finds himself in an impossible position. She said this was because the biggest gift that he would have given Central Kenya, and which would have gone a long way in winning him support across the mountain was the Building Bridges Initiative, but it was now gone.
It is worth noting that before the BBI ran into trouble in the courts, a common narrative amongst its detractors from the Mount Kenya region was that the document was not of any benefit to the region, and was in fact retrogressive.
In the Court of Appeal judgment, in which the second-highest court was heavily critical of President Kenyatta and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), stated that the BBI Bill was unconstitutional and usurped the people’s sovereign power.
The seven-judge bench also issued a permanent injunction restraining the IEBC from processing the Bill or subjecting it to a referendum. The Bill had already been approved by parliament.
The judges also upheld the High Court’s finding that the President has no authority to promote amendment of the Constitution through a popular Initiative and that he can be sued with respect to his actions or omissions in the Constitution.
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