Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata has given a condition under which he will vote for the Building Bridges Initiative(BBI) bill in parliament.
Taking to his twitter account, Kang’ata said that he will only endorse the referendum bill after getting the right copy.
He said that the one presented to the Senate was inaccurate and thus he cannot put a vote.
“I will endorse the report if I get the right Bill, since the one in Senate has been deemed as “erroneous” despite being the “IEBC certified”.But even if I get the right bill,what do we do with the Constitutional requirement of endorsement by assemblies? Do we resend it to counties?” Wrote the Murang’a Senator.
On April 20, the Joint Justice and Legal Affairs Committee revealed that only 13, counties received and passed the right bill while the other County assemblies passed the wrong document.
According to experts Senate and Parliament also received different documents but the former’s the document is certified by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Kang’ata’s sentiments comes months after he fell into trouble for writing a letter to President Uhuru, advising him that the BBI is bound to fail in the Mount Kenya region.
“Based on a survey I conducted during the December 2020 holidays, I have to the conclusion, BBI is unpopular in Mt Kenya… Out of every 10 persons I surveyed, six opposed it, two support it, and two others are indifferent,” Read part of Kang’ata’s letter to Uhuru.
The letter was meant to be a private affair but was leaked to the public, putting the lawyer on a collision course with politicians from Mt Kenya who support the BBI and Uhuru Kenyatta.
The result was the ouster of Irungu Kang’ata from the Senate Majority Whip Position. Just a few months after taking over from Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, the Murang’a legislator was thrown into the political cold.
Immediately after his ouster, he joined DP Ruto’s camp whom they shared the same opinions on the BBI report.