Kenya is moving closer to the referendum as the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill overshot the 24 county threshold and counting.
By midday, Tuesday, February 23, counties that endorsed the BBI constitutional amendment bill were expected to pass the Bill, kickstarting the next phase of the process that targets a referendum.
Over 16 counties adopted the BBI constitutional bill paving way for the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020, raising the total tally to 28 counties, thereby christening what former Prime Minister Raila Odinga referred to as a Super Tuesday.
The Bill will therefore be introduced in both the National Assembly and the Senate without delay.
Over the weekend, ODM party leader Raila Odinga expressed confidence that the required 24 assemblies would have passed the bill by Tuesday.
Raila also fired shots at the BBI critics, encouraging them to continue opposing it, assuring them of a resounding defeat at the ballot.
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Most counties are currently debating the bill and from continuing debate in the assemblies, there is a likelihood the bill will receive overwhelming support.
Counties assemblies that passed the Bill on Tuesday include Kakamega, Narok, Makueni, Nyamira, Taita Taveta, Kitui, Bungoma, Murang’a, Machakos, and Lamu.
Others are Garissa, Kirinyaga, Nyadarua, and Nyeri.
As of the time of publishing only Baringo county had rejected the bill.