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The ayes have it: Nairobi County Assembly unanimously passes BBI Bill

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The Nairobi City County Assembly on Thursday evening passed the BBI Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill 2020.

One hundred and nine (109) Members of County Assembly (MCAs) were in the assembly chambers, while five followed the proceedings virtually.

The 109 present and the five present through zoom all voted “YES” to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill.

There was no vote for abstention, neither did any MCA opposed the Bill.

Kisii County was the first assembly to pass the Bill unanimously on Thursday morning

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Governor James Ongwae was delighted with the gesture taking the opportunity to congratulate the MCAs for the decision.

“Congratulations Kisii County Assembly MCAs for unanimously passing the BBI Constitutional (Amendment) Bill and vindicating the handshake. The Assembly becomes the 8th to pass the bill after successful public participation in all our nine sub-counties,” said Governor Ongwae.

Other counties that have passed the bill so far include Trans Nzoia, West Pokot, Busia, Siaya, Kisumu and Homa Bay, and Vihiga County Assemblies.

Only Baringo County Assembly has so far rejected the Bill.

The BBI Bill now requires the support of 15 more counties, before it is tabled in Parliament and then a referendum will be held if the majority in parliament uphold.

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Nyamira County and Marsabit County respectively, kicked off the public participation exercise this week, ahead of debate next week.

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