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Sigh Of Relief For BBI Bill as Justice Sichale Neutralizes Tuiyott's Verdict

Building Bridges Initiative Bill, BBI can now breathe a sigh of relief after the Court of Appeal Judge Justice Fatuma Sichale breath a sigh of relief for the bill.

While giving her verdict before the court on Friday, Sichale said the BBI Committee was not illegally constituted as ruled by the High Court judges.

She observed that the team was put up in accordance with the constitution to help the president carry out his mandates

"BI steering committees were not illegal outfits as they were put place by the President in accordance with the constitution, to help him carry out his mandate," stated Justice Fatuma Sichale

"A constitution must be flexible to allow for a country’s growth & review of constitution is essential to cater for new & unforeseen future problems & therefore, inadvisable to have a constitution cast in stone," she added

She also added that nothing prevents the president from popularizing the bill, as that would have denied him the right of exercising his rights as a private citizen.

"IEBC with 3 commissioners cannot be said to be unconstitutional. The Constitutional provisions take precedence. It must be absurd to claim that it must have 5 commissioners to be quorate. Verifying signatures is not a policy decision..." she said

She becomes the first judge to rule against the High Court's verdict. This comes after another Justice Francis Tuiyott, earlier on, watered down the BBI bill when giving his verdict.

While giving his verdict earlier, Justice Tuiyott poked holes in the bill, saying the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) did not have the required quorum to receive and verify the signatures submitted by the pro-BBI team, endorsing the constitutional change.

Tuiyott noted that having fewer than 4 Commissioners during verification is to weaken the IEBC commission.

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