BBI report presented to speaker as Kenya moves closer to a referendum

The Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has today April 26, 2021 officially received the Building Bridges Initiative reports from the Senate Legal Affairs Committee members.

The report was officially handed over the by Joint Legal Affairs Committee co-chair and Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni outside senate chambers.

Also present during the hand over was Member of the committee and Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior.
Speaker Lusaka thereafter acknowledged the receipt of the report adding that they are in close consultation with the house leadership on when they will table it for debate.

“I have received the report on the BBI from Senator Okong’o Omogeni, a co-chairperson of the Senate and National Assembly Legal Affairs Committee. In consultation with the House Leadership, we will decide on when to have the document tabled,” said Lusaka

This comes hours after reports emerged of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga holding separate meetings over the weekend to chart the way forward amid reports that all is not well with the handshake with mistrust setting in.

Reports indicate that the handshake brothers met their legal and strategy teams over the weekend after disapproving the report submitted by the Joint Legal Affairs Committee on the Building Bridges Initiative.

The report was adopted by a majority of the MPs and Senators in the committee declaring that the move to create 70 additional constituencies was unconstitutional. 

Legislators such as Siaya Senator James Orengo, Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo and JLAC co chair Senator Okong’o Omogeni signed the report despite being proponents of the handshake and are now being accused of betrayal.

Raila Odinga’s spokesperson Dennis Onyango confirmed to the media that mistrust has set in after the move was interpreted by some as betrayal.

.”It is not possible to tell why a committee led by supposedly pro-handshake and BBI MPs chose to come so close to derailing the process and even killing the initiative. It has caused some mistrust that will take time to heal.

Despite the developments, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr maintained that the bill will still be tabled in parliament, paving the way for a referendum on the same once it sails through.

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