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Things Turn Ugly For Uhuru-Raila As Allies Reject The Duo's BBI Plan

Reports have emerged that some ODM and Jubilee parties politicians supporting BBI in both houses of parliament have warned Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga against a push for the parliamentary route to enact constitution amendment and law change.

This comes days after the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court's ruling on the document, scuttling the planned referendum process. 

According to an article by the Star, it has been revealed that the National Assembly's Constitutional Implementation Committee is to be the focal point for the renewed push to amend the 2010 constitution.

The group of MPs who are anti-parliamentary route has warned the president and his handshake partner there is no time to initiate a parliamentary process to pass a section of the BBI proposals before the August 2022 General Election.

One of Uhuru Kenyatta's key allies, who doubles as Igembe North MP and National Assembly Deputy Majority Whip Maoka Maore has said the focus of the country must now be the 2022 polls. 

"There is no need for a parliamentary process right now to challenge the decision of the teo courts' judges.

We should now plan on our next move on to other things.

We should focus on the next year's general election," Maoka Maore said in a statement.

The Igembe North MP has been known to be a key supporter of Uhuru-Raila handahake and BBI.

Maore was also part of the kitchen cabjnet for Uhuru and Raila that had championed for the approval of the BBI process in the national assembly.

On Friday last week, the Court of Appeal upheld a five-bench judge High court ruling

The Appellate court judges declared the entire constitution amendment attempt through BBI and referendum process illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.

Raila Odinga's close ally, Junet Mohamed has also come out to disown the members of parliament and the plans being pushed by a group of Members of Parliament to amend the constitution through parliament

"I am also wondering who said we are have the Parliament as an option," Junet Mohammed said when asked about the planned parliamentary route.

It can be remembered that early last week, the ODM party leader Raila Odinga said during an radio interview that his ODM party will not be seeking the support of MPs to implement some proposals in the document.

"We do not want to try to bring the bill back to parliament.

We just want to focus on next year's general election and presidency. That is not the end of the journey for us.

We will try to bring and introduce it in the next government," Raila Odinga said during the interview.

The ODM party MPs also added that the reality of failure of BBI has started hitting people hard.

"We have decided to move on. We are now focusing on the August 2021 general election since there is no time to move to Parliament, Nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi on his part said.

The MP, a key supporter of BBI also said it was time the country turned its focus to preparing for the next year's general election. He said the Kenyan courts have made it difficult to review the 2010 Constitution at this time.

"We have been put in an awkward position as leaders and Kenyans.

The courts have made it impossible to amend the 2010 Constitution and has elevated its role in the constitution-making process through this doctrine of basic structure," the nominated MP further stated.

Osotsi also said the seven-judge bench Appellate Court ruling not only elevated the judicial system in the constitution-making process but also put the national assembly in an awkward position.

Several MPs allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta are said to be planning to take the BBI proposals to Parliament to amend the 2010 Constitution before the 2022 general election.

Some of Uhuru Kenyatta's Mt. Kenya MPs have picked 52 proposals from the just dismissed BBI Bill, saying the selected proposals can be enacted without the need for a referendum.

The MPs have included increasing the number of constituencies from the current 290 to 360, as was proposed in the BBI Bill. The group of legislators also want Cabinet ministers appointed from Parliament.

The MPs have also proposed the allocation to counties be increased from at least 15 per cent to 35 per cent of the total national revenue.

The current Constitution says the allocation can be increased but has not mandated the increase.

Some of the other proposals by the MPs include setting aside at least five per cent of the counties' budget for the new Ward Development Fund.

It also proposes on the ways to enhance business opportunities for the enterprises owned by the youth in various counties.

The CIOC committee which is led by Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni is said to have already kicked off the legal process to protect the 26 constituencies likely to lose their status for falling below the constitutional population threshold.

The BBI Bill had provided for a transition clause that would have safeguarded the constituencies had the courts allowed the initiative and Kenyans approved the BBI in a referendum.

The MPs have also said they want the law amended to allow presidential candidates and their running-mates who lose elections to be nominated by their respective political parties to Parliament.

"My committee will support other non-constitutional bills that will ensure BBI bill is goes through" the Ndaragua MP Jeremiah Kioni said.

The Kioni-led committee is key in Parliament's legislative process.

The committee caries the role of initiating, scrutinising and processing of bills touching on the Kenyan Constitution.

Some MPs like Lugari MP Ayub Savula have however said Parliament should not focus on the BBI document any longer.

"Let us now start focusing on the 2022 general election.

We should plan on how to we will approve new IEBC commissioners and a budget for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. BBI and other things can wait," Savula said. 

The Jubilee and ODM MPs who are opposed to the parliamentary option are citing the fast-approaching elections and the need for prior and early preparation of the same.

According to the MPs opposed to the parliamentary route, a legislative process will not meet all the benefits the BBI document intended if implemented in full.

They also claim the parliamentary route will slow down the preparations for the 2022 general elections.

Do you think this is the end to Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga's political influence in Kenya?

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