Amani National Congress Party leader Musalia Mudavadi has called for a parliamentary process to salvage the contents of the BBI bill.
The 2013 presidential candidate believes the overwhelming vote for the bill by parliament indicated MPs could actually institute the popular initiative.
Musalia argued that the process of making an appeal in court may take a long time and delay the constitution amendment, hence it was good for parliament to act.
“When the appeal is made, it has its own life. We don’t know when they will finish, or whether anybody else will want to push it to the supreme court, and all that will be eating into the constitutional timelines,” Said Mudavadi.
“Parliament to help us quickly through an IPPG process through which they can achieve some of the amendments and at the same time navigate some of those constitutional limitations ,” he added.
It is not only Mudavadi who has called for a solution to salvage the bill, but also ODM leader Raiila Odinga.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Raila expressed dissatisfaction by the High Court judgement against BBI but vowed to respect the judges and initiate a legal process to salvage the bill.
“We may disagree with the court but we must respect its ruling and its freedom to exercise its judgment as it understands the legal and constitutional matters before it,” read Raila’s statement.
President Uhuru allies have also come out to criticize the ruling of the 5-bench judge, accusing it of suppressing the freedom of Kenyans.
“The real intention of that ruling is to stop Kenyans from expressing themselves through the constitution. So who is upholding the sovereignty of the people?” Said Agriculture CS Peter Munya.
“The power belongs to the people of this nation. I wish they gave the 45 Million a chance instead of five gentlemen and a lady to decide for us. We pray that by Monday when the appeal process starts, we will have a solution,” said Murang’a Woman Rep Sabina Chege.