PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

His Jubilee counterpart Raphael Tuju on Friday agreed that “a lot of things in the proposal were still debatable. The BBI report is just the voice of the people and the next move now will be subjecting it to a team of experts, who will look into it and address all the concerns,” Mr Tuju said on a morning radio talk show on KBC's Radio Mayienga.

He told Kenyans that some of the changes will require parliamentary initiative or a referendum.

ODM national chairman John Mbadi said the report will be taken through public participation so that Kenyans can scrutinise it before it is implemented.

He said the exercise will give everyone an opportunity to propose changes on matters they feel do not suit them.

“There will come time when everyone will be given a chance to propose amendments in the report. Kenyans will air their views on what they want to be changed in BBI before it is implemented,” he said.

Parliament, he said, cannot make constitutional amendments through a draft.

In DP Ruto’s Rift Valley stronghold, a showdown is looming over the report, with leaders clashing over how it should be adopted.

While one group, led by Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny, wants a people-driven process, another group wants a parliamentary process.

DIVISIVE EXERCISE

Leaders who spoke to the Nation, led by Elgeyo-Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos, former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and MPs Silas Tiren (Moiben) and Mr Kutuny said they were pushing for a people-driven initiative.

“We call on President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Mr Odinga to form a committee of experts to fine-tune the report and prepare a platform for ordinary Kenyans to engage and collect their views. The experts should also formulate bills necessary for the actualisation of the BBI,” Mr Kutuny said.

According to Governor Tolgos, a caucus of leaders from the Rift Valley that will be led by Mr Ruto will traverse the region to ensure residents receive, read and discuss the document without “fear, political inclination or intimidation”.

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang and MPs Caleb Kositany (Soy), Daniel Rono (Keiyo South) and Julius Melly (Tinderet) said Parliament can address the issues raised in the BBI report.

“Referendum or no referendum is dependent on the proposals. Why do you want to subject this country to an expensive and divisive exercise yet the issues raised by BBI don’t require us to go to a referendum?” Mr Sang posed.

POPULAR INITIATIVE

He said he read malice in the views of those opposed to a parliamentary route.

“They have been talking about having a powerful prime minister elected through Parliament, but now they are telling us that they cannot trust Parliament to go through this report,” he said.

On Sunday, the co-secretary of the BBI task force, Mr Paul Mwangi, told the Nation that a popular initiative is the only way everybody can participate in the country's reform process.

This, Mr Mwangi noted, means involving the people, both Houses (Senate and National Assembly) and even county assemblies.

“Everybody will play their role. Even in a popular initiative, Parliament still gets involved. Parliament is involved in all ways,” Mr Mwangi stated.

Reporting by Justus Ochieng’, Ian Byron, George Odiwuor, Dickens Wasonga, Wycliffe Kipsang’, Stanley Kimuge, Ndung’u Gachane, Titus Ominde and Shaban Makokha

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