The BBI process has been put in doubt after ODM and Jubilee members clashed over the heads of committees in the National Assembly.
Raila, led party now claims that their Jubilee counterparts are not serious with the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). Jubilee’s seriousness with the process has been put into question after it filled two key House committees that ODM is not satisfied with.
The Minority is not comfortable with the members being placed by the ruling party to two committees which are key in passing the BBI report.
The BBI task force last Tuesday said it was done writing the final report and was awaiting the availability of President Uhuru Kenyatta so that it can present the document.
Speaking to a local daily, Minority leader in the National Assembly John Mbadi said the BBI report will be frustrated with the proposed members of the committees.
The committees’ whose composition is in question are the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and that of Delegated Legislation.
“The two committees are very crucial for the BBI process and partly that is why the changes were being made in the leadership, especially from Jubilee side. So we expect members who are going to sit in JLAC and Delegated Legislation to be people who are supporting BBI and the reform agenda,” Mbadi said told the Star.
Mbadi illustrated that out of JLAC’s 19 members, only three of Jubilee’s 12 members are in support of the BBI and the handshake, expressing fear that they may use the tyranny of numbers to oppose the proposed BBI reforms at the committee level.
“I told the Majority leader (Amos Kimunya) that I was not comfortable that [Gladys] Shollei (Uasin Gishu MP), [George] Murugara (Tharaka), [John] Kiarie (Dagoretti South) are in JLAC, these are people who are not supportive of the process.”
“Delegated Legislation is almost the same name. We must align the two committees to our agenda,” Mbadi added.
But Amos Kimunya dismissed the argument by ODM saying the committees will not be reconstituted to pass the BBI report.
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“There was confusion in terms of people thinking that the whole of this exercise was to kick out those branded Tangatanga. It was not to kick out some people as others thought. I cannot throw people out because others want them out,” Amos Kimunya told the Star.
The Majority leader urged the Opposition to consider bringing the House to one accord as President Uhuru Kenyatta is trying to unite the country.