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Many or few MPs matters not

By Kaltuma Guyo The Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi cut a frustrated and lonely figure a fortnight ago as he decried the poor attendance record of MPs. His assertion that it has been challenging for Parliament to discuss crucial bills and reports due to lack of quorum should …

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DP Ruto and allies on BBI journey to consensus

Deputy President William Ruto met 146 MPs at his official Karen residence on Wednesday and they issued a statement on the BBI Bill. The full STATEMENT issued is below: The journey to consensus  Background The Building Bridges Initiative announced on 9th March 2018, is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s idea to unify …

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DP Ruto Wants BBI Referendum To Be Held In 2022

Deputy President William Ruto now wants the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) referendum to be held in 2022 alongside the General Election to allow for consensus-building as well as to save on public funds. DP Ruto spoke during a press address at his Karen residence after holding a consultative meeting with …

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Martha Karua on BBI: We are not going back to dictatorship

NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua has criticized President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga over what she terms as attempts towards dictatorship. On Sunday, she said Kenyans ought to resist calls for a referendum that is ‘illegitimate, illegal and ill-timed’. “Let Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga know that we …

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BBI Kenya: How new voter zones would be shared out

Rift Valley, Nairobi, Central and Coast are the biggest beneficiaries of the 70 Extra-Parliamentary Seat in constitutional changes proposed by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). The Constitution Amendment Bill, 2020 proposes to increase the number of constituencies from 290 to 360. The Bill indicates that the larger Rift Valley will get …

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List of adjustments to BBI Bill: Deputy ministers, No limit to number of MPs:

The BBI team has made several key adjustments to the proposals contained in the document Kenyans are to sign to. This is despite the insistence by ODM leader Raila Odinga that the BBI report would not be amended. Among the key changes is the creation of the position of deputy ministers …

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BBI: MUTILATION OF THE CONSTITUTION

By Billow Kerrow In essence, there is nothing wrong in amending a Constitution. The famed 1996 South African Constitution has since gone through 17  amendments, made by Parliament to address emerging challenges. What BBI proposes are not amendments to enhance the Constitution but a radical review of the 2010 Constitution. …

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BBI: THE FALLACY OF REVENUE INCREASE

By Billow Kerrow One of the key sweeteners in the BBI is the purported increase of revenues to counties from 15% to 35%. Proponents of BBI, including Council of Governors Chair, have rallied Kenyans in various counties in this regard, pledging that they will get more than twice as much …

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Our Irreducible Minimums on BBI Says Pastoralists Parliamentary Group

PRESS STATEMENT BY THE PASTORALISTS PARLIAMENT GROUP (PPG) AND THE FRONTIER COUNTIES DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (FCDC)ON THE BUILDING BRIDGES INITIATIVE REPORT (BBI) Governors and MPs United For Pastoralists’ Community and Other Minority Groups In Kenya Background: Today we are gathered here as the leaders representing more than ten million people residing …

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Constitution change and ‘colonial virus’

By Gerald Kithinji | I think there is, hovering around us, a colonial virus. Whenever we make a decent decision to move forward as a democratic republic, the virus goes rampant. It holds us captive and nothing we say will move the affected leaders. They will quote violence, which in …

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