Kenyans will head to a referendum by June this year after the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill reached the constitutional threshold required for a plebiscite.
As at noon Tuesday, February 23, 28 county assemblies had already passed the Bill. For a bill to go into a referendum, it needs the support of at least 24 county assemblies.
The Bill will now go the next stage- the National Assembly and the Senate. However, whether the bicameral Parliament endorse or reject the Bill, a referendum will still need to be done.
On Tuesday alone, Kakamega, Narok, Mombasa, Murang’a, Makueni, Kitui, Bungoma, Taita Taveta, Nyeri, Machakos, Tharaka Nithi, Lamu, Makueni, Nyamira, Bungoma, Kitui, Machakos and Kirinyaga have already passed the Bill.
10 more county assemblies are expected to debate the Bill today, with the number of counties supporting BBI expected to rise.
Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay, Trans Nzoia, Kisii, Nairobi, West Pokot, Kajiado, Laikipia, Samburu.
Baringo remains the only county assembly to have rejected the BBI Bill.
The BBI Bill seeks to among others, increase county governments allocation from current 15% to 35%. Create 70 more constituencies in the country. Expand the executive by introducing prime minister, deputy prime ministers positions. Introducing the Ward Development Fund, as well as according the youth tax heavens.