Experts have disclosed that the efforts to change the Constitution through the Building Bridges Initiative report (BBI) have taken a new and dangerous path, with supporters using threats and force to ensure county governments have passed a bill approved by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
This was revealed when police fired tear gas at Baringo MPs, in what is being seen as an attempt to prevent them from rejecting the bill.
Chaos erupted in the county's parliamentary hall when police fired tear gas shortly after councilors voted on the bill.
Councilors had calmed down the speaker to announce the results after a heated debate erupted, as police fired gas and forced them to flee.
Later, Mr Tuju issued a statement warning party councilors who refused to pass the bill would be dealt with.
In a letter to leaders in the county legislatures in Jubilee strongholds, Mr Tuju said the government would punish councilors who refused to support the bill.
According to Mr Tuju, it would be in defiance of party leaders' decision for Jubilee councilors to refuse to support the bill which has a lot to offer and to urge them to support the party's position on the bill.
On Friday, Jubilee Deputy Chairman David Murathe echoed Mr Tuju's statement saying that Baringo County councilors who refused to pass the bill would be punished.
But Soy MP Caleb Kositany, who is the party's Deputy Secretary General and a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto, criticized Murathe and Tuju, saying councilors could not be punished for performing their duties.
"Baringo councilors have confirmed that the Sh2 million grant is their right but not a bribe. They have missed the punitive MPs now they are harassing councilors, ”Mr Kositany said.
When meeting with councilors in the Mount Kenya region at the Sagana sub-palace two weeks ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta promised councilors that they would be given Sh2 million to buy cars in an effort to persuade them to pass the bill.
Analysts say the use of the police to disrupt activities in the Baringo County legislature to block the results of the referendum shows that proponents of the constitutional amendment process are using threats to ensure it is passed.
They say there are fears that many Rift Valley legislatures may fail to pass the bill.
The bill needs to be passed by 24 county legislatures so that a referendum can be held. Already the Siaya, Kisumu and Homa Bay parliaments, which are strongholds of the ODM party, have passed it unopposed.
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