North Rift MCAs vow to shoot down BBI.

A section of Ward representatives from the North Rift region have vowed to reject the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill.

The reactions come a day after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said the Bill has secured a million signatures needed for it to be taken to county assemblies.

Baringo Majority Leader Lawi Talam yesterday said he would rally MCAs to oppose it.

“It is clear to us that the BBI document does not capture the aspirations of the people. We will vote against it when it comes to the assembly,” he said

Nandi Ward MCAs said the BBI is not a priority. West Pokot Majority leader Thomas Ngolesya, however, said he would mobilise his colleagues to pass the Bill, citing the proposal that 35 per cent of national revenue will go to counties.

Trans Nzoia Majority Leader Patrick Kisiero and his Minority counterpart Emmanuel Waswa also vowed to ensure the Bill passes.

Each of the 47 county assemblies is required to consider and vote on the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 – under the President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga-led Building Bridges Initiative.

The assemblies have 90 days from the date of submission by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

If at least half of the county assemblies – that is, 24 of the 47 – endorse the proposal, the Bill is then taken to Parliament for debate and vote.

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