COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli who is a staunch supporter of the BBI has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to punish the judges who declared the BBI null and void.
According to Atwoli, the ruling was a personal attack on Uhuru by the 5-judge bench, hence he should not be lenient on them.
“The ruling was an attack on President Uhuru Kenyatta by the five judges. This shows openly that they had a predetermined decision. President Kenyatta should take stringent action(s) against the five. BBI is still on course,” said Atwoli.
Speaking to the standard, Atwoli was confident that the bill would still go on as earlier planned.
The Thursday night verdict from the court of appeal has faced backlash from the BBI proprietors.
Led by Suna East MP Junet Mohammed, the BBI secretariat has expressed its intention to challenge the high court ruling.
“We are setting up a legal team to look into and appeal the ruling. In the meantime, we assure all Kenyans who believe in the BBI not to give up. It’s not over yet, we still believe a new Kenya is possible. We will fight to the bitter end for that dream to be realized,” read a statement by Junet Mohammed.
Other than the secretariat, Attorney General Paul Kihara has also expressed an intention to appeal the ruling by the high court.
AG Kihara filed a suit in court seeking an injunction against the implementation of the order.
He wants the court to clarify on its statement that the bill is not in public interest yet it garnered over 3 million signatures nationwide.
“It is critical to take judicial notice of the fact that the BBI process has been undertaken extensively, over 3 million signatures have been collected, to the critical constitutional processes such as consideration of the Bill by the county assemblies have been undertaken, the Amendment Bill has been passed by the majority members of the National Assembly and the Senate,” AG Kihara’s office argued.