The fallout from reports that the Building Bridges Initiative bill that was passed by County Assemblies was riddled with errors continue apace. Law Society of Kenya (LSK) president Nelson Havi has weighed in on the mounting controversy. In a tweet on Sunday evening, Mr Havi held the view that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has been duped on BBI. He said that the advice that had been given to the former prime minister by Siaya senator James Orengo and Rarieda member of parliament Otiende Amollo was right but had come late.
Havi said that the BBI bill cannot be amended by parliament and cannot pass through the 70 constituencies.
"Raila Odinga’s genuine legal advisers: James Orengo; Okong’o Mogeni; and Otiende Amollo are half right on BBI Bill but their advice comes too late in the day. The Bill cannot be amended by Parliament nor can it sail through with the 70 constituencies. Baba has been duped. ^DoS, " the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) president wrote in a tweet on Sunday evening. [Source Courtesy]
A screenshot of the tweet by the Law Society of Kenya president Nelson Havi explaining why the Orange Democratic Movement party leader and former prime minister Raila Odinga has been duped on BBI. [Source Courtesy]
Local publications reported last week that the bulk of County Assemblies debated and passed the wrong BBI bill. Only 13 assemblies passed the right bill. There have been calls for the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to investigate the claims. A section of legislators have denied that the bill was fake, saying that the issue was only typographical.
The Building Bridges Initiative bill is the culmination of the handshake between the Kenyan head of state President Uhuru Kenyatta and his erstwhile political adversary the Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga. When they reached a truck in 2018 on the steps of Harambee House, they pledged to work towards uniting the country. Allies of the deputy president have been cynical, saying that the handshake was a ploy to derail his presidential ambitions.
The Kenyan head of state President Uhuru Kenyatta gestures while making a speech at a past function. [Source Courtesy]
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