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Two more County Assemblies endorse BBI document

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The Building Bridges Initiative Constitutional (Amendment) Bill 2020, has receieved a major boost after two more counties voted for it.

Busia and West Pokot County Assemblies approved the bill that requires the approval of at least 24 county assemblies for it to be subjected to a referendum.

In Busia, the bill was passed after a majority of the ward representatives supported it, with only one opposing it.

Busia County Assembly Speaker Bernard Wamalwa said he will soon make a formal communication to the Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate.

The West Pokot County Assembly on the other hand unanimously passed the bill becoming the first county in Rift Valley which is Deputy President’s William Ruto political stronghold to approve the document.

In a debate that took two hours, all the Ward representatives adopted the bill saying it would bring good fortunes following the proposed 35per cent revenue allocation increment to counties and additional constituencies in West Pokot County.

County Assembly majority leader Thomas Ngolesia tabled the motion and it was seconded by leader of minority Peter Lokor.

During the session, the members hailed the document as timely noting that it favoured the marginalized counties like West Pokot and had also received overwhelming support from residents during public participation drive held last week.

West Pokot county Governor John Lonyangapuo and Pokot south MP David Pkosing attended the session.

Busia and West Pokot now become the fourth and fifth counties respectively to pass the bill after Siaya, Kisumu and Homa Bay counties.

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