Members of Parliament were expected to have special sessions in the National Assembly starting Tuesday this week, upto Thursday, when the BBI bill was expected to be passed.
However, the special sittings have been aborted last minute following a sharp division that has rocked the JLAC. The legislators are divided over the creation of additional 70 constituencies, which some members of the committee say was illegal.
Already, the division is pitting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s men on one side, and Raila Odinga, plus William Ruto’s on the other. Whereas President Uhuru’s men want the 70 additional constituencies untouched, allies of Raila and Ruto want the exercise left to the IEBC and not the BBI.
The sharp division now threatens to derail the joint Uhuru-Raila project, with both camps saying the initiative was infiltrated by anti-BBI forces who have always wanted it to fail. There are reports allies of Odinga have been holding separate meetings with the ODM leader and are expected to make a major announcement soon.