More than 24 county assemblies have voted in favour of the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, surpassing the required constitutional threshold.
Focus now shifts to the Senate and National Assembly whose voting on the Bill is mainly ceremonial. Article 257 of the constitution requires that the Speakers of the two Houses receive certificates from the county assemblies’ speakers before the Bill is introduced in the respective Houses.
The BBI Bill proposes among others, the increasing of county allocation from the current 15 percent to 35 and the creation of 70 more constituencies across the country. It also introduces the position of the prime minister and two deputy prime minister positions.
As of Tuesday evening, the Bill had received the approval of 38 county assemblies and rejected by one—Baringo.
Article 157(7) says that if the draft Bill has been approved by a majority of the county assemblies, it shall be introduced in Parliament without delay.
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga during the weekend expressed confidence that the required 24 assemblies would have passed the BBI Bill by Tuesday, paving the way for it’s next step; the National Assembly.
Raila also fired shots at the Bill’s critics, encouraging them to continue opposing it, promising them a sound beating at the ballot.