BBI GREENLIGHT:Machakos, Makueni Governors pledge to pass BBI Bill

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,22ND FEB,2021-Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua and his Makueni counterpart Professor Kivutha Kibwana have endorsed the BBI Bill.

The duo promised that MCAs allied to them will pass the Bill on Tuesday morning when it comes up for voting in their respective Assemblies.

Speaking after meeting more than 40 MCAs drawn from both Machakos and Makueni Assemblies the two leaders said the decision to endorse the Bill stems the fact that it increases devolved funds to 30 percent and also creates funds for Ward development.

The leaders said, they had consulted with Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu and they had all agreed as leadership of the South Eastern Kenya Economic Bloc (SEKEB) that they will pass the Bill so as to increase grassroot development.

” I have listened to the voice of the people in the just concluded BBI Public Participation forums. Wananchi said the 15 percent revenue allocation to counties had greatly transformed rural economies. In that regard, I wish to respect the will of the people & ask MCAs 2 do the same.” Said Kibwana

The MCAs and the Governors met at the Governor’s office in Machakos.

Last week, Kisii County Assembly approved the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020 becoming the 8th County Assembly to vote in favor of the bill.

So far seven county assemblies have adapted the bill. The counties are Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, West Pokot, Trans Nzoia, Busia and Kajiado.

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