ODM leader Raila Odinga has told the court that the cases filed against the BBI are malicious and deliberately submitted to disrupt the process.
That came as the county legislatures that passed the constitutional amendment bill reached ten. Yesterday, Nairobi, Kisii, Laikipia, and Vihiga counties joined Siaya, Kisumu, Kajiado, West Pokot, Busia, Trans Nzoia, and Homa Bay.
Speaking with the National Joint Committee on the process, Mr Odinga said the seven cases filed against the scheme were not aimed at seeking justice, but his main goal was to achieve the political goals of certain people.
ODM leader Raila Odinga therefore asked a five-judge panel to hear the cases. far, calling them a waste of time in court.
In addition, he said, they are interfering with the independence of the National Assembly, county parliaments and the Senate. of the President and the people at large. ”
“No serious evidence has been presented to show the BBI process should be suspended on the basis of non-compliance with the law or violation of the constitutional amendment procedure,” Odinga said.
The leader also wondered why the complainants failed to file a case challenging the previous constitutional reform plans such as Reduce Burden in 2017 and Save Kenya, run by the Cord coalition.
“These cases are baseless as the complainants continue to discriminate against them to ensure that this process does not fail. The main reason is that none of them have filed a case against the previous movement to change the Constitution, ”he said.
The chairman of the committee, Dennis Waweru, criticized the statements made by economist David Ndii and four other activists that four parts of the current constitution could not be reformed — through a National Assembly or a referendum.
The activists say Section One, Two, Four, Nine and Tenth of the Constitution cannot be changed. However, Mr Waweru said the Constitution is a transcript that can be amended at any time, on the basis of sections 255, 256 and 257 respectively.
“If those who drafted the Constitution did not want anything to be changed, then they would not have put in place sections that set out the procedures to be followed in changing it,” said Mr Waweru, referring to Section 16 of the Constitution, entitled
In the case, Dr. Ndii and activists Jerotich Seii, James Ngondi, Wanjiku Gikonyo, and Ikal Angelei say those sections are the main basis of the Constitution, and cannot be changed through Parliament or a referendum.