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Jurists fault BBI, says it takes away gains of 2010 Constitution

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In Summary
  • “Having interrogated the contents of the BBI report and the Bill, it is our position that we do not support the constitutional amendments,” ICJ.
  • ICJ Kenya says the proposed amendments in the BBI and the Bill take away the gains of the 2010 Constitution and undermines the rule of law.

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is opposing constitutional amendments proposed by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is opposing constitutional amendments proposed by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

Speaking to the press on Thursday in Nairobi, ICJ said that recommendations contained in the BBI report and the Constitution Of Kenya Amendment Bill, 2020 are not good for the country.

ICJ Kenya Chairperson Kelvin Mogeni said the commission has interrogated the contents of the report and concluded that the recommendations take away gains of the 2010 Constitution.

IMAGE: ICJ Kelvin Mogeni TV47
ICJ Kenya Chairperson Kelvin Mogeni: “The BBI process pushes divergent political and contested interests.” PHOTO/COURTESY

“Having interrogated the contents of the BBI report and the Bill, it is our position that we do not support the constitutional amendments. The recommendations contained in the BBI report and the Constitution Of Kenya Amendment Bill, 2020.

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“The proposed amendments take away the gains contained in of the 2010 Constitution and undermines the rule of law. The BBI process pushes divergent political and contested interests. It has failed to inculcate a people-driven and people-centered approach,” said Mogeni.

Not A Cure Social Justice

The commission also said that the recommendations in the BBI report and the Bill will not cure social justice ills in the country.

Further, ICJ says that Kenya does not need to go for a referendum as the some of the recommendations require simple legislative process.

“The country requires political will and deliberate implementation to implement the 2010 Constitution that cures ills affecting the country,” concluded Mogeni.

ICJ Kenya  is a non-governmental, non-profit and a member based organization whose mission is, “to promote human rights, justice and democracy in Kenya and around Africa through the application of legal expertise and international best practices.”

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