Muslim leaders have become the latest group of people to join in opposing the beleaguered BBI report.
In a Press Conference on Sunday, Supkem (Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims) leaders ripped into the BBI document, stating that the constitutional amendments the document envisioned would not bring forth any reforms. They said that if anything, the BBI risked clawing back the gains that Kenya had made in the 2010 constitution.
Leaders called focus on COVID-19
Supreme Chairperson, Hassan Ole Naado, called on the two principals pushing the BBI, Raila and President Uhuru, to call off the process instead of focusing on containing COVID-19.
In their criticism of the document, Naado said that the imperial Presidency that would result from the amendment BBI proposes would be an attractive avenue for violent elections.
“BBI will create an imperial president. It will weaken the checks and balances that have been put in place to check the Executive,” Nando said.
Supreme also said the proposal for Prime Minister appointed by the President would entrench impunity in the Executive. They also noted that BBI architects failed to create a system where Kenyans could examine where the document’s proposals came from.
Halting signature collection
The President recently called off the planned collection of signatures for a referendum set to take place next year.
According to Raila, they plan on holding the referendum in April 2021. The process’s halting came a short while after the President and his Deputy, William Ruto, held a closed-door meeting. Details of the conference are not clear. However, there are claims that it was the reason for halting the signature collection process.
The calls by Supkem comes just a week after Catholic Bishops also opposed the document. The Bishops also questioned the proposed Executive system, as well as the rush to hold a referendum. They were also against proposals to have the Executive appoint Ministers from Parliament. This move would result in the legislature being under the capture of the Executive.