BBI to be passed before June, No multiple choice plebiscite

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Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga./ COURTESY

The country may be going for a plebiscite earlier than expected, and also, there will be no multiple-choice referendum. According to Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi, the House is likely to adopt the JLAC Bill, , an option proposed by the Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee (CIOC) – in the CIOC Bill.

There had been concerns from a number of those supporting the BBI over time constraints, and that the process could be time barred. The referendum will now most likely be held before June this year.

The BBI team has set a March 1 deadline for county assemblies to consider the Bill. The Bill needs the support of at least 24 county assemblies before being tabled in Parliament.

“I have read the BBI report and the Bill and scrutinised it. I have seen there are some proposals that will require certain legislative amendments. Our role as Parliament is to ensure that it passes through the normal legal process of a Bill,” Mr Muturi said in an interview with Nation.Africa

“I have directed that we have the Legal Committee Bill as the anchor Bill so that if there are any amendments to it, they can be informed by the CIOC Bill so that we don’t have different committees doing the same thing,” Mr. Muturi added.

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