A petitioner wants President Uhuru Kenyatta to personally refund to the National Treasury billions of monies that were used to popularize the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill.
In an application filed at the Court of Appeal, city lawyer Morara Omoke, has accused the Head of State of using taxpayer’s money to mobilize Ward Representatives to fully endorse the Constitution review process where 43 County Assemblies overwhelmingly passed the bill.
“A huge amount of public funds was used including a Ksh 4 billion car grant to Members of County Assemblies that had been utilised by the president in the promotion of the Constitutional amendments through the BBI,” Morara said.
The lawyer further wants the Appellate Court to hold President Uhuru responsible for the surge in COVI-19 cases recorded at the height of the BBI rallies.
In May 2021, Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria claimed that legislators in the National Assembly were bribed to a tune of Ksh 100,000 to vote in favor of the bill.
Kuria who took to his Facebook page shortly after 320 legislators had endorsed the bill claimed that MPs who voted in support of the controversial bill were receiving their token from a senior parliamentary leader.
“MPs voting yes currently receiving their Ksh 100,000 from the office of a senior parliamentary leader,” Kuria said.
Soi MP Caleb Kositany on his part said he declined Ksh 500,000 bribe to vote for the BBI bill.
While two anti-BBI legislators failed to reveal the identity of the man behind funding the BBI bill, it was suspected that the money could have been from the government.
Pro-BBI team led by President Uhuru and his handshake partner Raila Odinga have since vowed to challenge the High Court judgement that quashed the BBI bill.