The popularisation and possible adoption of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) has suffered a setback after it emerged that majority of the county assemblies passed the wrong BBI document.
The Justice and Legal Affairs Committee on Tuesday, April 20, revealed that only 13 counties out of the 43 received and passed the genuine version of the document.
The BBI bill to amend the 2010 constitution was taken to counties for approval or rejection after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) verified more than 1.4 million signatures appended to it by Kenyans in accordance to article 257 of the constitution.
It is at this stage where a whooping 43 county assemblies passed the document yet the constitution only needs 24 county assemblies out of the 47 to adopt the legislation before it moves to the Bicameral House for further debate and voting.
However, out of the 43 county assemblies that passed the document only 13 passed the correct version.
Some of the counties that received and passed the correct version include Mandera, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Murang’a, Kiambu, Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet, Laikipia, Nakuru, and Siaya.
Kivumbi.co.ke has compiled the list of counties which passed the wrong Bill and is as follows: –
- Homa Bay
- West Pokot
- Trans Nzoia
- Taita Taveta
- Tana River
Reports indicate that even the National Assembly received a different document from that of its Senate counterpart.
Baringo county, home to Gideon Moi who is a strong proponent of BBI, was the first to vote against the document.
Others are Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.