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Verdict on petitions challenging BBI to be issued on Thursday

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The High Court will on Thursday make a ruling on seven petitions that have challenged the proposed constitutional amendment Bill – Building Bridges Initiative.

Justices Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Jarius Ngaah, Janet Mulwa and  Chacha Mwita are set to make their judgement on seven petitions challenging the BBI process.

The petitioners in the case include economist David Ndii, Kenya National Union of Nurses, Thirdway Alliance, 254Hope, Justus Juma, Moraa Omoke, Isaac Aluochier and Muhuri.

The decision on whether Kenya will hold a referendum in July or August- as per the propositions by the BBI proponents now lies in the hands of five judges: Justice Chacha Mwita, Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Jarius Ngaah and Janet Mulwa.

In March, eight cases challenging the looming BBI referendum were heard on by a five-judge bench that amalgamated the cases into one.

In submissions made by lawyers representing the 8 groups, the five-judge bench was urged to use the court’s unlimited powers to dismiss attempts to amend the Constitution.

According to the petitioners who made their presentation virtually, the public was completely locked out from the amendment of the country’s supreme law.

The anti-BBI crusaders insisted that BBI does not reflect the will of the people.

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