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The man holding the BBI ball

The former prime minister Hon Raila Odinga is trying to push so hard for the BBI referendum. The leader has been on the fore front in drumming support for the report. Although according many Kenyans the report has been with short comings, Hon Odinga has been insisting that the report is good for Kenyans.

On the other side the deputy president of Kenya Hon William Ruto has been pushing for dialogue instead of a contested referendum. It seems the the deputy president has somehow achieved in the report since some of the major issues he has been raising have been captured in the report.

Last week there was countrywide BBI signature collection. The signatures have since been handed over to the IEBC commission. But what seems like a big blow to the BBI supporters is the conditions laid down by the IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati before the verification process. The IEBC has said that it should be provided with a budget to cater for the verification process. The verification process has to be done according to the covid 19 protocols.

It now seems the process might take somehow longer before the referendum is conducted. According to the standard news paper the stages to be involved are. 1. IEBC receives money and starts the verification, 2. Inspects the bill to ensure it matches the one before collection of signatures., 3. Hands over the bill to the county assemblies where 24 must approve, 4. BBI then moves to the national assembly for approval, 5. IEBC formulates a referendum question. 6. IEBC plans and holds the referendum.

This then means that the IEBC chairman is the person all eyes are looking for in the BBI process. Since all the remaining stages the IEBC commission has to be involved.

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