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BBI debate heads to Parliament after MCA’s nod

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[Mombasa County Assembly]

The Constitution Amendment Bill 2020 is heading to the National Assembly and the Senate as well after a total of 28 County assemblies across the country adopted the bill.

The constitutional amendment bill requires at least 24 of the total 47 county assemblies across the country to pass the bill before it proceeds to the two houses.

Lamu, Mombasa, and Taita Taveta County assemblies are the latest houses to adopt the bill.

Lamu County Assembly Speaker Abdukassim Ahmed said Lamu residents received adequate information about the bill and no doubt it will transform the county economically.

Addressing journalists outside the county assembly at Mokowe minutes after the House adopted the bill, Ahmed said BBI is good for all, and those opposing it have been induced politically.

Locals’ support

“We took time and engaged the community on the contents of BBI and Lamu residents welcomed the initiative,” Abdukassim said.

He said the house voted ‘Yes’ for the bill because of the increment of revenue allocation to counties from 15 percent to 35 %.

He also said the diversification of the presidency and other leadership posts in the bill will enhance unity and inclusiveness in the country.

“Let’s focus on the transformative part of the nation that will only be enhanced through the Building Bridges Initiative,” said Mr. Ahmed.

He said the journey is not yet complete urging residents to fully back the constitution amendment initiative in all stages until the last stage where they will have participated in transforming their own country.

Mombasa

In Mombasa too, the bill was adopted after a short session.

Mombasa situation was predicted after the Members of the County Assembly met Mombasa county Chief Ali Hassan Joho who is a major proponent of the BBI.

Joho has expressed his interests in vying for the presidency in the 2022 general polls.

In Mombasa, only seven MCA’s led by Frere town Ward MCA Charles Kitula have been opposing Joho.