Today, 23rd February, was literally a “BBI Super Tuesday” on the national political front as the proponents of the clamour to change the Constitution had projected.
Litkenya.com can authoritatively report that the BBI Constitutional Amendment Bill has been approved in at least 30 counties. For the Bill to proceed to the next stage, 24 counties must approve it.
The counties that have passed the Bill today are Narok, Lamu, Garissa, Murang’a, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Kakamega and Nyandarua.
Others are Mombasa, Nyamira, Bungoma, Kitui, Makueni, Taita-Taveta, Nakuru, Machakos and Kiambu.
In most of these county assemblies, the Bill passed with little or no resistance.
But in Nakuru, the vote took on a tribal angle as MCAs from the Kikuyu community voted in support of the Bill as those from the Kalenjin nation unsuccessfully tried to block it.
Also, governors, senators, MPs, other political leaders, and prominent businessmen showed up in various regional houses before the sessions began.
In Kiambu County, for instance, media mogul S.K. Macharia was present.
Some counties are currently debating the Bill and others will reject or endorse it before the end of the week.
However, the BBI referendum Bill, which has attained the constitutional threshold, will now move to the National Assembly and the Senate regardless of the decisions of the rest of the counties.
So far, only Baringo has said “No” to the Bill.