Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua has accused Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Muskoka of misleading him to endorse the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2020.
Wambua who initially opposed the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill made a surprising last-minute U-turn and voted in support of the bill shortly after meeting with his party leader.
The Bill that seeks to amend the Constitution of Kenya 2010 was overwhelmingly passed in both houses of Parliament.
However, while defending his decision to endorse the bill, Wambua said he pulled back his earlier stand to oppose the bill after he held a consultative meeting with Kalonzo who convinced him to endorse it.
“The people of Kitui have a legitimate reason to demand proper representation from their elected leaders. Whenever there is conflict between what a majority want and other considerations, I will go with the majority,” he told the Star Newsaper.
According to Wambua, Kalonzo assured him that all the issues that were making him to oppose the bill had been factored in the bill, a move that prompted him to vote yes.
He also reiterated that he changed his mind to endorse the bill so he does not compromise Kalonzo’s high chances of becoming the fifth president of tof Kenya.
Kalonzo who is one of the principals of the recently formed One Kenya Alliance has expressed his ambitions to succeed president Uhuru Kenyatta who is expected to retire in August 2022 after serving his two-terms.
Wambua’s revelation comes barely hours after the High court declared the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 unconstitutional, illegal null and void.
“It is our finding that popular initiative is a power reserved for Wanjiku neither the president or any other organ can utilize article 257 to amend the constitution,” the judges said.