The much-anticipated debate on the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, popularly known Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) in the Kenyan Senate, has been pushed to afternoon, announced the house speaker Ken Lusaka.
Lusaka said the session had been scheduled to start in the morning hours but was adjourned after members asked for time to read and analyze the bill’s report written by the joint parliamentary committees on Justice and Legal Affairs.
The debate is set to start at 2:30 pm, local time, ruled the speaker.
“This report has just been tabled. In your guidance, it would have been better to state how we are going to get a copy of the same. We are required to do proper justice to this important bill,” said Senator Aaron Cheruiyot.
Senator Mithika Linturi said, “This is a serious moment for this country. The report cannot be in vain. The report must guide us. We need to get a feel of what the public told the committee. We need to be given some time to interact with the bill and enrich our thinking.”
Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr said the only way to expose false information circulating in the media is to allow them to read the report.
On his side, Senator George Khaniri said the house members would make a meaningful contribution if given sufficient time to understand the report.
The Senators will discuss it today and on Thursday and then take a vote.
The special sitting comes amid allegations that only 13 county assemblies received the correct document for consideration.
The document received overwhelming support at the county assemblies, with over 40 out of 47 Counties endorsing it.