More than two-thirds – 52 of the 67 senators voted in favour of the bill with only 12 voting No.

More than two-thirds – 52 of the 67 senators voted in favour of the bill with only 12 voting No.

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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,11TH MAY 2021-Senators allied to president Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday united to pass the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in the senate.

More than two-thirds – 52 of the 67 senators voted in favour of the bill with only 12 voting No.

One senator abstained from the vote.

The debate on the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) bill, 2020 resumed in the senate on Tuesday morning ahead of the vote.

The lawmakers took the vote on the bill after three weeks of debate characterised by calls to amend the document.

The Senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka also ruled out amending the constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2020.

Lusaka said the Bill is a product of a popular initiative and thus parliament has not power to tinker with the document.

A host of senators were clamouring to amend the bill, with three officially wrote to the speaker recommending a raft of changes – creation and distribution of 70 additional constituencies being the elephant in the room.

Senators Enoch Wambua (Kitui), Irungu Kangata (Murang’a) and Samson Cherargei (Nandi) sought the speaker’s nod to introduce the amendments.

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