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Seven-judge bench to hear BBI appeal

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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The fate of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) will be decided by a seven-judge bench, Court of Appeal President Justice Daniel Musinga has said.

Justice Musinga on Wednesday said he will constitute a seven-judge bench with the permission of Chief Justice Martha Koome.

Justice Musinga is presiding in the Case Management Conference on the BBI appeals.

Arrangements have been made to have a tent pitched outside the court in order to conform with Ministry of Health protocols on COVID-19

The latest development comes only hours after President Kenyatta, the Attorney General, the BBI taskforce, and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga filed formal appeals against the BBI decision.

The Kenyan Constitution Amendment Bill 2020 was declared unconstitutional by the High Court on May 14, 2021.

Katiba Institute Lawyer Ochiel Dudley raised the issue of the President’s speech during the Madaraka Day celebrations in Kisumu on Tuesday.

Ochiel said the President who is a party to the case made remarks that undermined public confidence in the Judiciary.

On that issue, Justice Musinga said he wants the proceedings conducted with the dignity required.

“Let’s us be respectful with each other, let us not begin to prosecute this matter in the media,” the judge said.

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