Garissa County Assembly has joined a growing list of county assemblies that have passed the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Constitutional amendment bill 2020 amidst protest from a section of ward representatives.
In a special sitting called by the speaker on Tuesday, the majority of MCAs supported the initiative while disgruntled lot claimed the passage was marred with malpractice.
Media were locked out of the chambers as sources said there were fears there could be confrontation between those for or against the Building Bridges Initiative.
Governor Ali Korane who came to the assembly while the ward reps were debating the amendment bill appreciated the assembly’s passage of the initiative.
He said the BBI initiative will increase allocation for counties and will further create ward development funds that will see funds devolved and fairly distributed at the grassroots level.
Korane said MCAs have gone out of their way to squeeze in the hall after the burning of their chambers three weeks ago saying the Building Bridges Initiative have a lot of goodies for the region.
The governor while urging other Arid and Semi Arid Areas (ASAL) and Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) counties assemblies to endorse the initiative said they will be part of the national conversations.
However dissatisfied MCAs vowed to go back to the people to vote against when it ripe for referendum saying the region has been given a raw deal.
Hulugho ward representative Adow Omar argued that the initiative if endorsed will further marginalize already underdeveloped areas in the country.
He claimed parties have sent letters through the speaker to intimidate members specially nominated ones while others were enticed to pass the initiative.
“Today is a sad day, because the county assembly has used a rubber stamp to endorse an initiative that will have an impact on our people, now we will have to go back and ask our people to vote against it,” said Mr Omar flunked by a section of his colleagues.