President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga held separate meetings with their legal and strategy teams over the weekend after disapproving the report submitted by the Joint Legal Affairs Committee on the Building Bridges Initiative.
The report adopted by a majority of the MPs and Senators in the committee declared that the move to create 70 additional constituencies was unconstitutional.
Among those who declared the creation of additional 70 constituencies unconstitutional include Siaya Senator James Orengo, Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo, and JLAC co-chair Senator Okong’o Omogeni.
The legislators betrayed Raila by signing the report despite being proponents of the handshake.
This comes even as the team wrote in the report that despite the declaration, the document cannot be amended by Parliament because it would signal the end of the process.
“It has caused some mistrust that will take time to heal.”
“We expect opposition to the Bill to come only from those who have always opposed the initiative, which is Tangatanga.”
“ODM, Wiper, ANC, and the President’s wing of Jubilee will pass the BBI, Odinga is quite sure about that, ” Raila Odinga’s spokesperson Dennis Onyango told the media.
Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior stated that the quagmire was brought about by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja’s decision to write another report which created cracks in the committee.
Senator Mutula clarified that despite declaring the constituencies unconstitutional, the BBI Bill would still be tabled in Parliament without alterations.
Deputy President William Ruto’s camp holds that the only organization mandated to create the electoral boundaries is IEBC and these arguments are expected to play out in Parliament when the document is tabled.