Kibwana: Succession politics likely to determine the fate of BBI

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Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana says 2022 politics has come in the way of BBI, and it will likely affect the outcome of the Uhuru-Raila project. While giving his opinion on one of the local dailies, Kibwana explained, the current hurdles the bill is facing in both the National Assembly and the Senate could be politically instigated.

”Is it possible that politics has taken the BBI process hostage? Originally the two handshake principals had envisioned the BBI process as a non-partisan project. However, alliance building and succession politics are likely to determine the fate of the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill,” Kibwana wrote on the Sunday Nation.

After the passing of the Bill by 44 county assemblies, the next phase is the bill being tabled before the National Assembly and the Senate, where the lawmakers are expected to pass the bill by a majority of each house.

On the other hand, legislators from Mt Kenya region have expressed concerns that a move to have Parliament or the two legal committees from the Senate and the National Assembly amend the Bill, may deny Mt Kenya region the 15 additional constituencies.

A joint Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs conducting public hearings on the Bill on Tuesday requested Speaker Muturi for an additional ten days to finalize the preparation of their report before tabling it in Parliament.

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