Raila: We Will Not Appeal Friday’s BBI Ruling

Raila: We Will Not Appeal Friday's BBI Ruling
  • Former Prime Minister and Orange Democratic Movement party leader, Raila Odinga, has said that his team will not head to the Supreme Court should the Appellate Court throw out the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

    The Court of Appeal will make a determination on the constitutionality of the BBI Bill on Friday, August 20 following an appeal made by its (BBI) proponents after the High Court declared it null and void.

    According to Nation, the former premier explained that he would not pursue the matter further and would rather concentrate on winning the 2022 General Election.

    A seven-Judge bench chaired by Justice Daniel Musinga is expected to make the ruling on the highly contested bill.

    If approved, the decision will see Kenya head to a referendum to amend the 2010 Constitution.

    Other judges on the bench are Justices Hannah Okwengu, Patrick Kiage, Fatuma Sichale, Gatembu Kairu, Roselyne Nambuye, and Francis Tuyyoit.

    The High Court, in a ruling in May, declared the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 unconstitutional due to a number of illegalities within the bill and the entire process that came up with the bill.

    The ruling came after a five-bench judge of the Milimani Law Courts had been tasked with debating as to whether the BBI petition would proceed to the referendum. The judges were to determine 17 questions raised on the petitions against the BBI process.

    The ruling was made by Justice Teresia Matheka, Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Jairus Ngaah, and Chacha Mwita.

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