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It is popular vote to decide BBI fate, Muturi

The  National  Assembly (NA)  Speaker, Justin Muturi has joined those calling for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report to be subjected to a referendum instead of going through amendments by Parliament.

Speaking  in  Migori County on Sunday, Muturi argued that the report was ‘a two gentlemen’s agreement that must be allowed to be implemented as per the wishes of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader, Raila Odinga.’

“The report has no constitutional road map that can make it face amendments by parliamentarians on the floor of the house. This was an initiative of two gentlemen and must be allowed to be implemented according to their will,” said Mr. Muturi amid cheers and ululation from a crowd in Uriri Constituency.

The  Speaker  made the remarks while presiding over a joint funds drive for Voice of Hope Uriri SDA and St. Mary’s Catholic Churches.

Muturi  made his stand on the BBI after a host of pro-referendum legislators led by National Assembly Leader of Minority and ODM party National Chairman, John Mbadi accused a clique of politicians allied to Deputy President, William Ruto of being bent on hijacking and mutilating the report.

He said the politicians from the Tanga Tanga faction of Jubilee Party were out to mutilate the report on the floor to suit their political interests or kill it on the floor for lack of parliamentary quorum to pass it.

Mbadi  said that it has never happened and will never happen that parliament can marshal a two-third majority votes to pass a bill in the August House.

“The closest time we almost realised this number was when Ugenya Member of Parliament brought a bill on the floor to change the date of the General Election but which also flopped miserably. So nobody should cheat Kenyans that BBI report can be addressed in Parliament other than through a referendum,” said Mbadi.

Others  who rallied their support behind a referendum were Uriri MP, Mark  Nyamita, the Migori Senator, Ochillo Ayacko, the Nyamira Senator, Okong’o Omogeni, and  the Westland’s MP, Tim  Wanyonyi.

The  Kuria East MP, Maisori Kitayama said he supported the report but doubted whether it was the original version of the report Kenyans expected.

“We Kuria people feel we have been shortchanged because the released report has not carried the important views we gave when the team came to Migori especially our call to have our own County,” said  Kitayama, a Jubilee MP allied to Ruto.

Muturi and the legislator asked Kenyans to thoroughly read the report and make their own judgments when the time comes for them to give a verdict in a referendum.

By  George  Agimba

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