ODM Leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday, February 23 thanked Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) for overwhelmingly passing the BBI Bill.
Speaking after the Bill passed the 24 counties mark Constitutional requirement for a referendum, Raila said that MCAs had refused to give in to lies and misinformation peddled against the document by its opponents.
Kenyans will go to a referendum by June after more than 30 county assemblies passed the Bill on Tuesday, Raila insisted that the document will ensure prosperity and equitable sharing of national resources.
“I thank members of those county assemblies (MCAs) and our governors who refused to give in to mistrust, cynicism, brinkmanship and fearmongering and passed the Bill resoundingly,” says Raila. “…I know for a fact that Kenyans are not slow learners when it comes to recognising and seizing moments of change.”
Further, Raila says that BBI Bill will give Kenyans much-needed reforms to create a united, inclusive, stable and prosperous nation.
Deputy President William Ruto and his allies have been seen to be opposing the BBI Bill, insisting that it is meant for few political elites jostling for government positions.
The BBI Bill proposes among others the increasing of county allocation from the current 15% to 35%. Creation of 70 more constituencies across the country. The introduction of the prime minister and two deputy prime minister positions.