In Summary
  • Mr Kioni said it should have gone through Parliament from the onset to make its activities and the final report legally bidding.
  • The taskforce traversed all the 47 counties collecting views on political challenges facing the country.
  • But Mr Kioni said the meetings were not legal public participation sessions.

A parliamentary committee that is expected to be tasked with implementing the report which will be written by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) has said the taskforce was unconstitutional as it lacked legal backing and framework.

In what could be a hurdle to President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga in implementing the findings of the taskforce, the chairman of Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee (CIOC) Jeremiah Kioni also said that the BBI public hearings conducted since last year were illegal.

PARLIAMENT

Mr Kioni, who is also the Ndaragwa MP, said the BBI team, though it was gazette, should have gone through Parliament from the onset to make its activities and the final report legally bidding.

According to Mr Kioni, the 12-member team created an impression that there will be a referendum without telling Kenyans exactly what is being amended in the constitution.

CIOC is likely to be tasked with scrutinising the report and the findings of the BBI before being tabled in Parliament for debate.

“We could have a polarising period which could have been avoided using a parliamentary committee,” said the lawmaker, adding that the taskforce failed to define to Kenyans what it wanted to achieve in the public hearings.

The taskforce traversed all the 47 counties collecting views on political challenges facing the country.

NOT LEGAL

But Mr Kioni said the meetings were not legal public participation sessions.

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