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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,27TH APRIL,2021-The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has called for the passage of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill in its entirety.
ODM, in a statement issued on Tuesday through National Chairman John Mbadi, called on the party Members of Parliament (MPs) to align themselves with the position.
Mbadi, who also doubles up as the National Assembly Minority Leader, warned MPs who go against the party decision of unspecified consequences.
According to the Suba South MP, the bill may not contain everything they had advocated for but it contains a fair majority of their concerns.
“It’s the party’s position that Parliament should pass the BBI Bill as it is, this is a call to our members to align themselves accordingly. In State craft, you win some and lose some, and that’s the case with BBI, we didn’t get everything we wanted but we gained a lot,” sadi Mbadi.
“ODM stands in full support of the bill, and calls for its passage in totally. I have given the party position, and any other member that that goes against this will be going against the party, and you know how parties are managed.”
He added: “Mr President and Raila Odinga, we assure you that you have enough soldiers to push the bill through, don’t be blackmailed, and don’t be afraid, soldier on.”
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has gazetted special sittings on Wednesday and Thursday for MPs to render their verdict on the bill, three weeks behind the timelines announced by the BBI coordinating team.
Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, who early Monday received the joint Legal Affairs Committee report on the BBI Bill, cut short the members’ recess for two sessions on Wednesday to deliberate on the bill.
Both Houses will debate the joint Legal Affairs Committee report on the Constitution Amendment Bill before voting on it at the second and third reading stages.
The committee’s report termed unconstitutional the bill’s second schedule that outlines how the proposed 70 constituencies will be distributed.
The committee also documented that nearly all the county assemblies debated and approved a bill that was laced with typographical errors and inconsistencies.