Leaders from the Mt Kenya region now say that there is a plot to tamper with the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, popularly known as the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill, to deny the region the new constituencies it is set to get.
Leaders from the heavily populated region have been drumming up support for the BBI on grounds that it will create more legislative areas, resulting in more funds through constituency allocations.
But they are now saying that there is a plot to deny them this through a plan to have the National Assembly and Senate legal committees reopen the bill for further discussions and possible amendments.
Among them is North Imenti's Rahim Dawood, who says that those thinking that interfering in the constituency increase proposal and tampering with the protected constituencies clause, will benefit them or some parts of the country are very wrong.
The MPs now say that the bill is only popular in some parts of Mt Kenya because of this specific proposal, warning that the ongoing "monkey business" about making changes to it will take away its popularity.
Also opposed to the plan are Laikipia Woman Representative Cate Waruguru and Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, vocal lawmakers from the region.
They have laughed off the said plan, saying that the Parliament cannot make any changes to the BBI bill.
“Altering the BBI report by either the Senate or National Assembly is not possible. The Bill must be debated on as it is; and either passed or rejected as it is both at Parliament and in the referendum,” Ngunjiri says.
The BBI is a brainchild of President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Mt Kenya kingpin and ODM leader Raila Odinga and a product of their March 2018 truce and subsequent handshake.
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