MP Wamalwa calls for clarity over BBI confusion

Priests at the St. Luke’s ACK church in Kitale pray for Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa (Center) who is gunning for governorship in Trans Nzoia. He is flanked by Cherang’any parliamentary aspirant Benson Milimo (left) and Saboti parliamentary aspirant Joseph Pepela. Photo/Courtesy.

Kiminini MP Dr. Chris Wamalwa has dismissed a narrative in the political circles alleging there is a plot to have the 2022 general election postponed to extend President Uhuru Kenyatta’s term in office.

Speaking in Kitale, Dr. Wamalwa noted the election date is protected by the current constitution unlike in the past and its change can only be made possible through a constitutional amendment.

“The election date cannot be extended even by a day. Those flouting the idea are doing so out of misinformation,” he spoke after attending a consecration church service at the St. Luke’s ACK pro-cathedral Kitale.

Dr. Wamalwa also called on the Joint Parliamentary Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC)to set the record straight on allegations that there are several copies of the Building Bridges Initiatives Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020.

“We want to know who is saying the truth since varying statements by the committee’s co-chairperson Muturi Kigano and that of His co-chair Okong’o Omongeni are confusing,” said Dr. Wamalwa.

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He however said the two houses have no power to amend the bill as proposed by some legislators. He said the only mandate they have is to have a vote to decide whether to pass or reject the bill.

The independent electoral and boundaries commission (IEBC) has distanced itself from the controversy saying that the commission forwarded to counties the same copies of the document that it received from the BBI promoters.

The legislator also called on the Judicial Service Commission JSC to ensure the selection of the chief justice among the candidates who were interviewed is done professionally to ensure the deserving candidate is picked.

“We want whoever will be picked to be somebody who will take over from where former justice David Maraga left by ensuring he applies diplomacy whenever required to do so instead of being a hardliner,” said Dr. Wamalwa.