The Senate and National Assembly has invited members of the public to submit views and representations on the Constitution of Kenya amendment Bill, 2020.
The Senate Committee on Justice, Legal Affairs & Human Rights, and National Assembly Committee Kenya on Justice & Legal Affairs will on Thursday March, 11 hold a public hearing at Parliament buildings, Nairobi.
The announcement on the public participations comes days after majority of the counties ratified the BBI Bill surpassing the 24 counties threshold needed.
All pointers are that the country is now headed for a referendum. National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi says the house will debate the bill and if adopted by both Senate and National Assembly, the Speakers of the two Houses shall jointly submit the proposed law guiding the change of the Constitution to the President.
Upon receiving the notifications, the President will forward the same to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in preparation for a referendum.
The commission will hence have 90 days within which to hold a referendum on receipt of the President’s message.
Besides the public hearing, the Senate is also urging Kenyans to forward their views or written Memoranda to the Clerk of the National Assembly and Clerk of the Senate.
IEBC has in the past said the referendum will cost taxpayers about Ksh14 billion, but the final figure is yet to be arrived at.