President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga have schemed to persuade at least 30 county assemblies to pass the Building Bridges Initiative Bill in a record time.
In what appears to be a thick plot, the duo have kicked off simultaneous consolidation drives of assemblies in their strongholds to have the Ward reps endorse the Bill in the shortest time to realize a June referendum.
This even as Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua and activist launched an anti-BBI referendum quest, charging that the Constitution should not be changed but implemented.
The two ‘Handshake’ principles are counting on at least 30 out of the 47 assemblies especially in their political bedrocks, to endorse the bill.
The constitutional requirement is having at 24 County Assemblies backing the report.
Apart from their strongholds, the duo also hopes to reap fruits from its partners Wiper, Ford Kenya and Amani National Congress led County Assemblies.
Raila this morning meet MCAs from 14 pro-ODM county assemblies at Cooperative College, Karen, in Nairobi
The Raila led Orange party is firmly in control of at least 14 assemblies and will be leveraging on the goodwill from counties under the grip of coalition partners which raises the number of those under NASA to 18.
The ODM-controlled counties are Mombasa, Kilifi, Tana River, Turkana, Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia, Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Taita Taveta, Kisii and Nyamira.
President Kenyatta secured the support of 10 Mt Kenya counties at the weekend when he met 550 MCAs from Central Kenya at the Sagana State Lodge.
These are Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Murang’a, Nyandarua, Kiambu, Laikipia and Nakuru, which is a member of Central Kenya Economic Bloc, despite being in the Rift Valley.
Raila and Uhuru are pushing to have the Bill debated and passed within two weeks at the friendly assemblies.
However, ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna said they will leave it to the assemblies to be guided by their respective Standing Orders and constitutional provisions.
“Those timelines are constitutional and subject to individual Standing Orders of each assembly, so we leave it to the assemblies to determine when they want to pass it. It is within their purview,” Sifuna said.