Leaders that support ODM leader Raila Odinga have disagreed on the best way to proceed with the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill.
A section of Members of Parliament is advocating for the amendment to the Kenya Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2020. On the other hand, another section wants the document to proceed to the referendum as it is.
Some of the leaders advocating for amendments are Siaya Senator James Orengo, MP Otiende Amollo (Rarieda), and MP TJ Kajwang’. All of them are members of the joint Justice and Legal Affairs Committee that was reviewing the Bill.
Yesterday, 11 MPs from Luo Nyanza contradicted the position by Orengo and his team. They demanded that no one should alter the Bill before it proceeds to the referendum.
The MPs, led by Ugunja’s Opiyo Wandayi, opposed any alteration to the Bill, including correcting the alleged typographical errors that the joint committee had identified. Mr. Wandayi claimed that the alterations are a ploy to derail the referendum process.
“The latest effort to derail the BBI and the handshake is the contest over the contents of the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill that the BBI has proposed,” he said.
“We reject any attempt to alter that Bill,” he added.