National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has called for special sittings for the debate over the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill.
Through a notice issued on Monday, April 26, 2021, the National Assembly Speaker scheduled for a special National Assembly sittings on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 and Thursday, April 29, 2021.
“Pursuant to the provisions of Standing Order 29(3) of the Standing Orders of the National Assembly, it is notified for the information of the Members of National Assembly and the general public that Special Sittings of the Assembly shall be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, commencing at 10:00 am and 2:30 respectively and Thursday, April 29, 2021, commencing at 10:00 am and 2:30 respectively in the National Assembly Chamber,” the notice read in part.
His announcement will set the stage for a showdown in parliament as Members of Parliament debate over the Building Bridges Initiative.
During the sittings, the joint report of the team selected to look at the BBI Bill from the National Assembly and The Senate will be tabled.
The report has already caused jitters among the handshake proponents after the committee declared the creation of 70 new constituencies without consultation of the IEBC.
After it is tabled, the MPs will be expected to debate the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 in its second and third reading.
This means that MPs will debate and take a vote on the document which is critical in determining whether Kenyans will go to a referendum.
However, if the National Assembly passes the document, the Constitution requires a majority from both houses and the Senate will also have to take a vote.
Senate Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio said that the Senate was yet to decide on a date but the leadership was in consultation.