The road to the referendum as far as Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is concerned has started to be bumby as the proposed time for the referendum draws closer.
Members of both houses, the National Assembly and the Senate continue to differ on the implementation of the BBI bill. Currently the two houses are discussing the bill which is at it’s second stage. It was earlier reported that county assemblies passed two different BBI drafts.
The Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) is the parliamentary committee that has been tasked with the implementation of the BBI bill. It’s a 27-member committee co-chaired by Kangema MP Muturi Kigano and Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni. The committee is busy working to ensure that the BBI process proceeds as fast as possible. Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo was also a member of JLAC until May 3, 2021. The ODM legislator has been maintaining that their first aim was to pass the BBI and then ensure that Raila becomes president in 2022 after president Uhuru Kenyatta’s term in office expires. Otiende Amollo earlier on slammed some party members who were out to frustrate Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.
OnTuesday, May 3, Otiende Amollo took to his Twitter account and claimed that there were people who wanted to see him out of JLAC.
The Rarieda MP has been experiencing disagreements with other members of ODM concerning the proposed constitutional amendment bill.
The party Chairman John Mbadi has been insisting that the bill can be amended but Otiende Amollo has been of a contrary opinion.
On his part, Otiende Amollo expressed no fear in leaving the committee and he welcomes the decision. “The vicissitudes of politics. So, the schemers want me out of JLAC. I will take it in grace and stride,” wrote Otiende Amollo.
ODM has finally decided to crack the whip. It has ousted Amollo from JLAC where he was serving as deputy chairperson. The Orange party has already fronted Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang for the position.