The Deputy President’s s proposal of having multiple-choice questions in the planned constitutional reforms through the Building Bridges Initiative has been rooted for after Kenya’s Attorney General, Kihara Kariuki supporting the idea.
According to the news published by the Daily Nation, the Legal advisor has revealed that a multiple-choice referendum will help Kenyans to vote in favor of their clauses, this present unnecessary constitutional amendments.
He further added that each bill in the BBI report deserves one process from collecting the signatures, taking them to the county assemblies, and all the way to the voting stage, a process that will affect economic costs. However, with sovereignty, each matter will get its own attention.
” The implication for such an interpretation will be that if the people wish to exercise their sovereignty directly to amend various matters in the Constitution, they would need separate bills for each of the matters/issues concerned, ” Attorney General Mr. Kariuki said.
Deputy President William Ruto and his camp had proposed to have a multi-choice referendum, they argued that not all the issues listed in the report should be subjected to a referendum, as some could be implemented without the reforms.
Similar sentiments were echoed by Irungu Kang’ ata who argued that for the whole BBI report not to flop, the multiple-choice referendum should be adopted.
On several occasions, the ODM leader Raila Odinga has pushed for a Yes or No referendum, as a way of forcing DP William Ruto to either join him or run away, something that could have increased Raila’s political mileage ahead of 2022, thus the former Prime Minister has suffered a big blow.
However, Attorney General Kariuki’s s stance was as a reference to the advisory opinion to the Supreme Court in respect to a case filed by Nandi and Kericho County Assemblies as well as the Makueni government, as has been stipulated in a report by Nation.