Celebrations in Baringo on the High Court ruling that declared the BBI illegality ended in chaos after police fired tear gas canisters at the crowd.
The Star reported that Baringo County assembly speaker David Kipkerich led the Friday celebrations. They gathered to cheer and dance after the High Court ruled that the BBI Bill was unconstitutional, thus null and void.
The ruling ended the chances of a national referendum on the Bill, though the BBI Secretariat said that they would appeal the decision.
Standing by the truth
Kipkerich told The Star that the county had stood by the truth and had been marked red, but the ruling had vindicated them.
“We stood for the truth as Baringo County Assembly to become the first county to vote against BBI. Although we were marked red, guess who’s right now? BBI is now dead,” Kipkerich said.
Anti-riot police, however, arrived as the celebrations were going on and dispersed the crowds with teargas and bullets. However, some people in the crowd retaliated by throwing stones. This led to the police shooting in the air to scare the crowd away.
Kipkerich was backed by other MCAs from the county, including Tenges MCA, Silas Tochim, John Taru (Sacho), Kipruto Kimosop (Mochongoi), and Reuben Chepsongol (Bartabwa).
MCA makes call to Uhuru
Chepsongol advised President Kenyatta to change his advisors following the ruling.
“Uhuru needs to stop listening to David Murathe and Cotu Secretary-General, Francis Atwoli,” he said, adding that they had no problem with the President.
Baringo County became the first county to reject the BBI and was the only county against the document by the end of the county assembly approval process. The chaotic proceedings saw at least 30 MCAs vote to throw out the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020.
The Thursday ruling on the BBI by the five-judge bench led to wild celebrations on social media, with many looking at it as a historical defense of the constitution by the court.
Contingent of anti-riot police officers dispersed crowd with tear gas and bullets. https://t.co/om9e5buIWQ
— TheStarKenya (@TheStarKenya) May 15, 2021