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Mudavadi roots for dialogue over BBI contentious issues

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Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi urged for dialogue so as to fast-track implementation of some of the issues contained in the Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill 2020, recently declared illegal by the High Court.

Mudavadi said that with the ruling annulling the BBI process coming a few months to the next general election, it would be impossible to have some of the pertinent reforms proposed in the Bill ready ahead of the poll, as the constitutional timelines prohibit this from happening.

He cited possible lengthy litigation resulting from appeals against the landmark judgment delivered on Thursday.

And now Mudavadi wants all major political players in the country to “consider a return to the conversation table and restart an inclusive national dialogue style on the format of the 2002 IPPG arrangement”

“The agenda of this dialogue should be to relook at the Bill and identify those issues like restructuring of IEBC to make it fit for the purpose, which are otherwise good for our nation and do not require a national referendum,” he said.

According to the ANC leader, this and other issues can be addressed through a parliamentary process of amending the constitution.

In a statement sent to newsrooms, Mudavadi said there is a lot that is good for the country in the BBI Bill that shouldn’t be discarded.

“Kenyans, we should not throw out the baby with the bathwater. There must be a silver lining out of the court’s judgment and this is what we must look out for as a nation,” said Mudavadi.

“We are convinced that whereas the court points at some sticky issues in the proposed Bill, there are very useful proposals for our nation and people,” he added.

According to Mudavadi, the issues such as the proposed five per cent Ward Fund, and the increase of sharable revenue to the counties to not less than 35 percent are proposals that would greatly benefit all Kenyans.

What’s more, Mudavadi says the BBI process had provided a roadmap to healing the nation by building bridges to a united nation.

“Our nation needs healing from extremely corrosive politics that have dodged the country,” he said.

At the same time, Mudavadi wants all parties in the process to respect High Court’s decision that declared the BBI process unconstitutional and desist from disparaging the judicial officers involved for exercising their constitutional mandate.

Mudavadi said that Kenya is a democracy built on the basic tenets of separation of powers, check and balances, and respect for the rule of law.

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