Kisumu County Assembly Approves The BBI Bill

Kisumu County Assembly Speaker Elisha Oraro addressing the press after the passage of the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020. PHOTO | Fredrick Odiero

KISUMU, Kenya, February 9, 2021 – The Kisumu County Assembly on Tuesday became the second entity to unanimously pass the Building Bridges Initiative (Constitutional Amendment) Bill 2020.

During a sitting that had been organised by Speaker Elisha Oraro, the MCAs present approved the bill. Oraro is now expected to sign a certificate and forward it to the National Assembly and the Senate.

“What we have done as a House is to make sure that the public has been involved substantially…we went to radio stations, websites…and conducted public participation in all the six sub-counties within Kisumu County,” he said.

Oraro urged the MCAs to go to the ground and sensitize the public ahead of the anticipated referendum.

Majority Leader Kenneth Onyango lauded the MCAs for moving with speed in passing the bill.

Onyango said there had been enough public participation before the document was brought to the Assembly for passage.

The BBI Bill was submitted to 47 county assemblies by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The counties have 90 days to debate and approve the Bill.

The County Assembly had put up adverts in local dailies last week inviting residents who were not able to attend the public participation forums.

The Bill will require two thirds or 24 counties to approve it before Kenyans can vote to approve or reject it in a referendum.

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