The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader and former prime minister Raila Odinga gestures while making a speech at a past party function. [Source Courtesy]
Renowned lawyer and ally of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga, Donald Kipkorir, has reacted to claims that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill cannot be passed because it is illegal. In a tweet on Monday, Mr Kipkorir poured scorn on the claims. He said that the constitution has articles that allow for an amendment. The lawyer disparaged those claiming that the BBI bill is illegal as illiterate.
"Articles 255, 256 & 257 of the Constitution allows for amendments to any & all Articles of the Constitution ... Any argument that an Amendment is Unconstitutional is an illiterate argument & reductio ad absurdum. Amendments never be unconstitutional. Let the BBI Bill be passed, " the renowned lawyer and socio-political commentator wrote in a tweet on Monday.
Kipkorir's intervention comes just days after media reports that a majority of county assemblies passed a fake bill. Only a handful of county assemblies passed the right bill. There have been calls for the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to investigate the claims and issue a report.
A screenshot of the tweet by the renowned lawyer and socio-political commentator Donald Kipkorir. [Source Courtesy]
Over 40 percent of the County Assemblies passed the Building Bridges Initiative bill weeks ago. This is after millions of Kenyans appended their signatures on the bill in approval. If all goes according to plan, Kenyans will decided the fate of the bill in a referendum as stipulated by the constitution.
The Building Bridges Initiative is the brainchild of the Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga and his erstwhile political adversary the Kenyan head of state President Uhuru Kenyatta. They shook hands in 2018 and vowed to work together to unite the country that had been divided following a disputed presidential election that was won by the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta. Allies of the deputy president Dr William Ruto view the handshake as a mistake aimed at detailing his presidential ambitions.
The deputy president of Kenya Dr William Ruto makes a speech at a past function. [Source Courtesy]
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