Referendum on the horizon after BBI Bill sails through in Senate
By Betty Njeru and Moses Nyamori | May 11th 2021
The Senate has approved the Constitution Amendment Bill (2020) paving the way for the BBI referendum. Fifty-one senators voted for the Bill with 12 opposing while one abstained.
Earlier on during the second reading, 52 senators voted in favour of the Bill while 12 opposed and one abstained.
Nominated Senator Mary Seneta, who is facing expulsion by Jubilee, abstained from the vote while Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki and Wario Golich (nominated) were absent.
The House is set to reconvene in the afternoon for the Committee of the Whole House, where they will scrutinize the Bill, clause by clause, before taking another vote at the third reading of the Bill.
Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka also ruled that Senate cannot amend the BBI Bill.
“Senators will vote for BBI as a whole and not a particular clause and will vote either yes, no or abstain,” he said.
The Speaker said senators voted for the Bill on grounds that it espoused the rule of law and contributed to good governance.
The Senate is expected to go for a third reading this afternoon as the Bill proceeds to Committee stages.
During the second reading, divisions rose within some sections of the House as allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta, ODM Leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto took turns to explain why they voted Yes or No.
Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata seemed particularly fired up as he took to the dais to vote. He went on to explain how Murang’a had been sidelined before he was stopped by the Speaker.
Speaker Lusaka: “Senator Kang’ata, you know the whole world is watching us. Vote.”
Kang’ata: “You cannot stop me, Mr Speaker. Murang’a got one constituency, Tharaka Nithi got four. I vote no!” he shouted.
Kang’ata came up again when it was Senator James Orengo’s turn to speak and took over the mic.
“You did not allow me to speak. You are being unfair,” he told the Speaker.
He was however silenced and Orengo who went on to vote a resounding Yes.
How they voted
1. Fatuma Dullo - YES
2. Ali Abdullahi - YES
3. Issa Juma - YES
4. Mercy Chebeni - YES
5. Samson Cherargei - NO
6. Aaron Cheruiyot - NO
7. Christine Gona – YES
8. Abdulkadir Haji - YES
9. Ali Farhiya - YES
10. Abshiro Halake - YES
11. Hargura Godana - YES
12. Iman Falhada Deko - NO
13. Imana Malachi - NO
14. Gertrude Musuruve - YES
15. Moses Kajwang - YES
16. Margaret Kamar - YES
17. Irungu Kang'ata – NO
18. Silvia Kasanga – YES
19. George Khaniri – YES
20. Charles Kibiru – YES
21. Susan Kihika - NO
22. Mutula Kilonzo Jr - YES
23. Kimani Wamatangi - YES
24. Ephraim Maina - YES
25. Christopher Langat - NO
26. Lelegwe Ltumbesi - NO
27. Mithika Linturi – NO
28. Loitiptip Anwar (Lamu)- No
29. Petronila Were – YES
30. Stewart Madzayo – YES
31. Mahamud Maalim (Mandera) – YES
32. Beatrice Kwamboka – YES
33. Cleophas Malala – YES
34. Naomi Shionga – YES
35. Michael Mbito – YES
36. Ochillo Ayacko – YES
37. Alice Milgo – YES
38. Okongo Omogeni (Nyamira) – YES
39. Gideon Moi – YES
40. Philip Mpaayei -YES
41. Beth Mugo – YES
42. Kipchumba Murkomen – NO
43. Agnes Kavindu Muthama (Machakos) – YES
44. Paul Githiomi (Nyandarua) – YES
45. Mwaurume Johnaess (Taita Taveta) – YES
46. Isaac Mwaura – YES
47. Mohamed Faki (Mombasa) – Yes
48. Nderitu Kinyua - YES
49. Ndwiga Njeru - YES
50. Rose Nyamunga - YES
51. Sen. Ledama Olekina - YES
52. Millicent Omanga - NO
53. Sam Ongeri - YES
54. James Orengo - YES
55. Fred Outa - YES
56. Judith Pareno - YES
57. Samuel Poghisio – YES
58. Victor Prengei - YES
59. Sen. Johnson Sakaja - YES
60. Mary Seneta - Abstain
61. Amos Wako - YES
62. Enoch Wambua - YES
63. Naomi Jillo - YES
64. Sen. Moses Wetangula - YES
65. Agnes Zani – YES
66. Kindiki Kithure – Did not participate
67. Walio Golith- Did not participate
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