Kitui MCAs praise BBI bill as they unanimously endorse the report

Kitui County MCAs and Speaker George Ndoto pose for a photo after passing the BBI Bill. (Photo -Raphael//Mauvoo)

The County Assembly of Kitui Tuesday passed the BBI constitutional amendment bill 2020 becoming the eighteenth county to endorse the Building Bridges Initiative report.

All the 54 MCAs unanimously voted in favor of the report which was a product of the March 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga.

The motion was moved by the Assembly’s leader of majority Peter Kilonzo and seconded by minority leader Alex Nganga in the morning session.

Kilonzo said the bill would address a myriad of problems facing the country including electoral animosity, marginalization, and corruption, among others.

“The introduction of the proposed Ward Development Fund will strengthen the mandate of County Assembly to promote development in the ward level and reduce the autonomy of the executive arm,” he told the house.

“This will address disruption of public service delivery in instances where the Assembly is at loggerheads with the Executive as witnessed in the last two years,” he added urging members to approve the motion.

On his part, minority leader Alex Nganga said, “time has come for us as leaders to promote peaceful coexistence in the country. No single Kenyan should lose their due to violent general elections.”

He, however, registered dissatisfaction with the distribution of the BBI-proposed additional constituencies which sidelined Kitui County.

Speaker George Ndoto thanked the members for their undivided cooperation in endorsing the bill.

So far, 29 county assemblies including Kitui have passed the bill while only Baringo has rejected it.

Last week, Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka met MCAs from the 3 Ukambani and urged them to expedite on passing the report promising to look at the issue of Kitui extra constituencies.

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