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Arrest Of a Prominent Mount Kenya Senator Forces The Senate Speaker To Adjourn The BBI Session

The Senate of the Republic of Kenya on Wednesday, April 28th of 2021 adjourned its session for some time after reports emerged indicating that Meru County senator Mithika Linturi had been arrested. This is according to a post by Robert Alai on his official Facebook page. The post indicates that the Senate was in a meeting for debating the Constitution of Kenya Bill of 2020, dubbed the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill. The Speaker of the Senate honorable Kenneth Lusaka convened a special sitting for today and tomorrow to consider and vote in favor or against the bill.

Earlier in the morning, Meru County senator informed the house that senators needed time to go through the proposals of the committee in charge of the constitution in the house. The report continues to say that senator Linturi was picked up by the directorate of criminal investigations offices as he was heading into parliament although it is not yet clear if he was arrested in connection to his sentiments on the Bill.

After the communication from the speaker, many senators took to the floor of the house to tender their complaints. "I was astonished to see senator Okong'o Omogeni approaching the house with a very large document. In fact, he was struggling to carry the document " lamented Senator Moses Wetangula. Previously, Senator James Orengo and two other senators had informed members of the press that it was time for the Senate to be taken seriously and not as a rubber stamp or conveyor belt on matters on constitutional amendments.

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