Nandi county rejects BBI Bill

In Summary

• During the vote, 23 MCAs rejected the Bill, while 13 supported.

• Baringo is the only other county to have rejected the Bill.

Nandi county assembly on February 25, 2021.
Nandi county assembly on February 25, 2021.
Image: BARRY SALIL

Nandi county assembly on Thursday became the second county to reject the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2020.

During the vote, 23 MCAs rejected the Bill, while 13 supported.

Baringo is the only other county to have rejected the Bill.

More than 40 counties have passed the Bill.

By Thursday, 41 of 47 county assemblies had passed the Bill, meaning it proceeds to Parliament where the two Houses are expected to endorse it within three weeks. Whatever Parliament says, the Bill will require a referendum.

According to the Constitution, the role of Parliament is a formality and Kenyans will make the final decision.

On Wednesday, National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya said National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and his Senate counterpart Ken Lusaka have set up a technical committee in readiness for the Bill.

The committee includes parliamentary staff from the two Houses working under Senate Clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye and his National Assembly counterpart Michael Sialai.

Their main role is to receive draft bills and their approval certificates from speakers of county assemblies and expedite the process of BBI consideration.

In Parliament, we have already started the process; there is already a technical team  [that is] receiving certificates from the counties and immediately we have 24 (certificates) verified, the process in Parliament will kick in,” Kimunya said.