Parliament must restrain themselves from the excitement to amend the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
They must stop the temptation of derailing the BBI process through asking for unnecessary additional time to consider the views collected during the public participation.
While the Constitution of Kenya demands of Parliament to facilitate public participation and involvement in the legislative processess, Parliament just like the County Assemblies cannot in any way amend the Bill since doing so will render the popular initiative moot.
Parliament has only two options before them:
- To pass the Bill as is by a simple majority and submit it to the President for assent in accordance with Articles 256 (4) and (5).
- Reject the Bill as is and have it submitted to the people in a referendum for the final virdict.