National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya, Speaker Justin Muturi, and Kieni Member of Parliament Hon Kanini Kega have issued fresh details about the Building Bridges Initiative clearing the air on whether a referendum will be carried out.
Speaking to the Star, the three legislators who are close allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta has disclosed what will follow next now that the National Assembly passed the BBI bill as per the Head of State’s wish together with his handshake partner Raila Odinga.
Kipipiri Member of Parliament Hon Amos Kimunya has informed that they will be taking the BBI bill passed in the parliament to the Head of State after which President Uhuru Kenyatta will permit the bill as per article 257 of the Constitution.
“We have done our bit. We will transmit the Bill to His Excellency the President as head of state. After that, he will need to do what he is supposed to do. I don’t expect anyone to gag him from doing his job as head of state,” Hon Amos Kimunya has said.
However, Speaker Justin Muturi has issued a clarity on the allegation that Article 257 of the Constitution state that “If Parliament passes the Bill, it shall be submitted to the President for assent per Articles 256 (4) and (5)” may block a referendum making it clear that it won’t hinder the country go to a referendum revealing that Kenyans will be expected to vote Yes or No in support of the amendments.
On Claim that there are no funds from the Treasury to subject the country into a referendum, Kieni Member of Parliament Hon Kanini Kega and who serves as the National Assembly’s Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman has cleared the air informing that according to Article 233 of the Constitution the law provides for a supplementary budget to get funds that are required and were not provided for in the budget.
“The Treasury can always invoke that provision. Money should not be an issue because of Article 223. The Cabinet Secretary can also spend and later regularise with Parliament,” Kega has said.