The journey to amend the constitution through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) had received a major boost after three more counties approved the referendum bill.

Busia, Trans Nzoia and West Pokot county assemblies passed the Bill today, 16th February.

In Busia, only one nominated MCA voted against the Bill.

The script was same in Trans Nzoia where only one ward representative was on the opposing side. However, three MCAs abstained.

In West Pokot, the Bill was endorsed unanimously. Both Governor John Lonyangapuo and Pokot South MP David Pkosing were present during the session.

West Pokot became the first county in Rift Valley to approve the BBI Bill, followed by Trans Nzoia. Deputy President William Ruto, who is yet to give a clear position on the BBI debate, enjoys massive support in Rift Valley.

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Siaya County was the first assembly to pass the BBI Bill. Kisumu and Homa Bay counties followed suit.

On the b-side, Baringo is the only county assembly that has rejected the Bill.

Legally, a referendum bill must be supported by at least 24 counties for it to proceed to the next state. This means that 18 more counties must pass it.

The BBI process is a brainchild of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Leader Raila Odinga.

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