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Assembly set to pass BBI bill

The County Assembly of Kisumu has set in motion the process to debate the Kenya Constitution amendment bill, 2020 after it was tabled in the house and committed to a committee for public participation.

            East Seme Member of County Assembly (MCA) Seth Okumu tabled the bill at a special sitting called on Tuesday to fast track the process.

            The bill was subjected to first reading before house Speaker Elisha Oraro committed it to the Committee of Justice, Legal Affairs and Good Governance.

            Oraro said the committee has been tasked with the responsibility of conducting public participation on the bill this Friday before tabling a report on the floor of the house on Tuesday next week for debate.

            The exercise to be conducted at the county assembly, he said shall be carried out in strict adherence of the Covid-19 regulations, urging members of the public to prepare memoranda to submit to the committee to avoid overcrowding.

            “It is not possible to gather all people who want to give their views on the bill here on that day. Therefore, we are encouraging them to submit memoranda online and to the county assembly to help the committee prepare their report,” he said.

            Even though the bill is not subjected to amendments, the views from the public, he said, shall help the MCA’s to debate the bill before it is subjected to a vote next week.

            Addressing the media after the session which was attended by a handful of MCA’s, Oraro said he expected the bill to sail through.

by Brenda Asugu/Chris Mahandara

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