President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga have launched the exercise of collecting signatures in support of constitutional amendments in line with the BBI road map.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has said through BBI’s process being undertaken to change the constitution will help fix some of the country’s serious challenges.
Speaking at KICC in Nairobi during the launch, the Head of State said the report is aimed at strengthening Kenya’s constitutional configuration by amending identified provisions in the 2010 constitution.
“We need to strengthen the 2010 constitution if we are to continue our decades-long journey in seeking to advance the wellbeing of all Kenyans,” he said.
“As we embark on the signature collection exercise, we recognise that the exercise of collecting signatures is a continuation of democratic deliberation provided for in the Constitution,” the President added.
He highlighted some of the progressive proposals in the referendum bill saying that the amendments will ensure the active participation of women in national development. Kenyatta said women’s numbers in representational institutions will be increased, including the senate where they’ll occupy 50 percent of the seats.
“This means that they will be in charge of determining how we spend 35 percent of the resources available,” the President observed.
On his part, Odinga appealed to Kenyans to come out in large numbers and sign the BBI document in record time so that the process can move to the next stage.
“It is a great time to be in Kenya and to participate in the making of history. In these chapters, we are working on our hopes not fears in search of the unity and prosperity we all desire.
“By appending our signatures today after going through the bill, you are stamping a seal of approval on the process,” Odinga said.
Among the party leaders who signed the BBI document at the launch were Musalia Mudavadi (Amani National Congress), Isaac Rutto (Chama Cha Mashinani), Wafula Wamunyinyi (Ford Kenya), Alfred Mutua (Maendeleo Chap Chap), Gideon Moi (Kanu) and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya).