Deputy President William Ruto and his allies have lauded the gazetted BBI Bill 2020, saying it has captured more issues compared to the report that was earlier launched at the Bomas of Kenya.
Addressing the media on Wednesday after a meeting that was attended by over 150 leaders among them MPs, governors, senators among other invited leaders, the leaders said that the document has raised issues affecting common Kenyans.
“Significant progress was made between Bomas 2 and KICC and the amendment Bill adopted major inputs of stakeholders in fairly explicit terms,” part of the statement reads.
While reading a part of the statement, Meru Senator Mithika Linturi said that the gazetted document is a positively progressive development.
He said it would have been impossible to proceed with the Bomas document without the important sectors, adding that the constituencies that would have been overlooked have been vindicated in the gazetted document.
“It is emphatically clear that the issues, concerns, and the interest of the ordinary people have found their way to the main table and are part of the national conversation.”
He added, “The problematic idea of police council being headed by a cabinet minister has been abandoned. The independence of the police service has therefore been retained.”
Further, the team added that the proposals that would have undermined the roles of the Senate have been abandoned, saying that the roles of the Senate are vital for the governance of the country.
The however, maintain that they are still pushing for further changes to the gazetted document in order to avoid a contested referendum.