BBI public popularisation rallies to begin next week

BBI Secretariat co-chairs Junet Mohamed and Dennis Waweru during a past press conference. PHOTO / COURTESY
BBI Secretariat co-chairs Junet Mohamed and Dennis Waweru during a past press conference. PHOTO / COURTESY

The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Secretariat co-chairs Junet Mohamed and Dennis Waweru have announced the start of the public popularisation rallies next week.

Speaking at the Secretariat offices on Wednesday, the two said the road to the referendum with a majority of county assemblies endorsing the Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill 2020.

The BBI Bill has now been passed by 41 county assemblies, thereby surpassing the 24 mark required in law hence now pushing it to the National Assembly and the Senate.

“Referendum is just like an election, we have to go out there and campaign, and we’re prepared. In two or three weeks time when Parliament passes the bill, we expect the IEBC to give us a date for the referendum,” said Junet, who is also the Suna East MP.

The Secretariat thanked MCAs in the various counties that have since passed the bill for sealing “their spot on the right side of history.”

“The BBI was born of an effort to promote inclusivity and advance patriotism, whilst building a united Kenya. We are delighted that the BBI Bill has been embraced across every region of this country. The ringing endorsement of the BBI witnessed across the counties is an indication that the people of Kenya have spoken emphatically and in one voice,” read a joint statement from the duo.

“Devolution is the hallmark of the 2010 Constitution and the BBI seeks to strengthen it by allocating more resources to the counties to transform the lives of Kenyans. The BBI also strengthens the oversight mandate of the Senate and the County Assemblies, as the main custodians of devolution.”

The statement further added: “As the BBI Bill moves to Parliament for deliberation, we urge our colleagues in the Senate and National Assembly to ignore propaganda and emulate the MCAs in amplifying the voice of the people.”

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