The joint Senate and National Assembly Committee overseeing the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 (BBI) has confirmed that 32 County Assemblies debated the correct Bill but only contained “minor and correctable errors.”
The committee jointly chaired by Kangema MP Muturi Kigano and Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni also says that their report on the BBI is ready for tabling before Parliament.
Speaking to the media on Friday, the two dismissed claims that there were two parallel copies of the BBI, which would create confusion in parliament.
“There were no two copies of the Bill. There could be small errors here and there but that is correctable. We have taken note and that affects 32 County Assemblies and that is captured in our report,” Kigano said.
It is due for submission to the National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, with Kigano confirming that all members of the committee had signed the report, except for Senator Irungu Kang’ata.
“IEBC sent the submitted BBI copies”
This comes a day after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission(IEBC) denied allegations that it submitted parallel copies for debate in the county assemblies, in an attempt to thwart the process towards a referendum.
“The commission would like to state that on December 10, 2020, it received from BBI promoters six printed copies of the draft of the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 and supporters’ details,” IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati stated.
He further said that after announcing that it had verified more than one million signatures, giving the bill a go-ahead for discussion in the county assemblies, IEBC requested for more copies from the BBI promoters.
“On the same day, the BBI promoters delivered to the commission 57 printed copies of the Bill, out of which the commission submitted 47 copies to the County Assemblies,” Chebukati added.
Speaker Muturi is expected to issue a gazette notice on Parliament’s special sitting upon receiving the report.