On Thursday 31st March, the supreme court hammered the last nail on the popular building bridges initiative (BBI) after terming it unconstitutional, thereby putting an end to all attempts to resurrect it.
Six out of the seven Judges: CJ Martha Koome, DCJ Philomena Mwilu, justice smokin Wanjala, justice William Ouko and justice Isaac Lenaola were unanimous that the president can’t initiate constitutional amendments through the popular initiative while still in power.
Following the supreme court verdict on the BBI, the deputy president William Ruto has urged the president Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake counterpart ODM leader Raila Odinga to apologize to Kenyans.
According to William Ruto, who has been a vocal critic of the initiative, proponents of the BBI have wasted Kenyans’ time and resources trying to popularize the unpopular.
Immediately the nullification news were on air, the Kapseret Mp Oscar Sudi led the people in Eldoret town to celebrate the court ruling.
Sudi while addressing the wild crowd praised the supreme court saying that the Kenyan prayers had finally been answered.
The court ruling has brought mixed reactions to the pro BBI proponents saying they respect the court ruling.
For the Nark Kenya party leader Martha Karua, she cleared the air by saying that her support for Azimio movement has nothing related to constitutional changes, rather the ten agenda points by the movement which that have a resemblance with her political party’s ideals.
Martha said that her stand on protecting the constitution has not changed despite joining Azimio.
Karua said that through the constitutionally approved institutions, county governments can still achieve the 35 percent resource allocation as the constitution states a minimum 15 percent allocation.
She also added that through the Linda katiba movement and other few factions created to oppose the passage of the BBI, they worked their fingers to the born for the sovereignty of the law above personal interests.