High Court suspends implementation of BBI Bill if passed by Parliament
The High Court has issued temporary orders suspending the coming into force of Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 popularly referred to as the BBI Bill, pending the hearing of a case challenging the Bill.
This means if parliament passes the Bill, the president will not be able to sign it into law until the case before the five-judge bench is heard and determined.
The order was issued following an application filed by Thirdway Alliance lawyer Elius Mutuma who urged the court to suspend the Bill from being assented into law.
Last week, a five-judge bench began hearing eight cases challenging the BBI Bill which have been consolidated into one case.
The petitioners are questioning the BBI process to amend the Constitution terming it a dangerous move.
According to the petitioners who made their presentation virtually, the public was completely locked out from the amendment of the country’s supreme law. The anti-BBI crusaders insisted that BBI does not reflect the will of the people.
Petitioners also questioned the manner in which the BBI bill was presented to the county assemblies saying it was hurriedly done in a choreographed script to lock out Kenyans especially those with dissenting voices.