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What Next For BBI Bill After County Assemblies Approval?


By Allan Otieno

After county assemblies have given  Building Bridges Amendment Bill 2020 a greenlight in more than thirty counties all eyes are now on the National Assemblies and the Senate.

Both houses are now expected to prioritise the Bill through Justice and legal Committees in conjunction  with House Business Committees.

According to Constitutional lawyer Shadrack Wambui  before the bill is prioritised in the house the two speakers must receive  certificates plus the draft bill from  the counties that passed it.

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‘‘Article 257 is very clear the speakers of those assembly must produce the certificate as they hand over the draft bill to the National Assembly and Senate speakers. It shows that the county assemblies involved the members and approved the bill as it is,’’ he said.

After this process the bill will be discussed by the members of the two houses before a referendum question is framed and subjected to the people for a referendum.

‘‘The Members of Parliament will debate the bill that’s a  fact but there is little they can do in terms of changing some clauses because the BBI  Bill contains very fundamental issues that only requires a referendum so it must be discussed as soon as possible but again the law does not specify for how long should the bill stay in parliament,’’ he added.

Uasin Gishu,Kericho,Nandi counties will discuss the bill today.