Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana has gone to the supreme court in a bid to seek advisory opinion regarding some proposals of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
Through a presser, Kivutha broke the news to the media houses this evening, where he asked the courts to give an advisory opinion on two crucial components of the draft report.
According to Kivutha, going to court was important to ensure that the constitutional process is not abused ahead of the Building Bridges Initiative Referendum. Most importantly, the 2022 presidential candidate declared that the citizens’ understanding should be enhanced, as this would make them make informed decisions whether to support it or not.
The governor argued that including so many issues into the building bridges initiative would only culminate into confusion amongst citizens. He therefore wants the document be simplified for easier understanding.
He also questioned whether it was fair for government to use the popular initiative route, which historically has been meant for individuals. As a result, the Makueni boss felt that it would be unfair for those who want to lead a NO campaign to use their personal funds to compete against the government which has limitless resources.
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The two questions and concerns for governor Kivutha Kibwana were:
- whether a bill containing a proposed amendment to the Constitution should only be limited to an amendment of a single issue of the constitution.
- Whether national or county governments or state or public officers (acting in their official capacities) can be promoters of a popular initiative and whether it is constitutionally acceptable for a government or state/public officer to use public resources to finance and seek support to amend the constitution through a popular initiative.