Posted November 12, 2020 1:28 pm by

The government has blocked a Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meeting MCAs had planned for Friday at the Bomas of Kenya, citing the surge in Covid-19 numbers.

The 2,237 MCAs and 47 assembly speakers had planned the meeting to take a common stand on the BBI report, keen to use their strategic advantage to demand the inclusion of their issues in the final report before the collection of the required one million signatures.

For the BBI Referendum Bill to advance to the next stage, it has to be passed by at least 24 county assemblies. If less than 24 endorse it, the Bill ends there—giving MCAs the best chance to push for their issues now in exchange for their support.

“We note your request to be allowed to convene a Special Annual General Meeting on November 13, 2020 at the Bomas of Kenya. However, due to the noticeable surge in Covid-19 infections, the resultant increase in the positivity rate, and with respect to the reviewed protocols and guidelines on the pandemic, your request to convene the meeting has not been granted,” the ministry of Interior said in a November 11 letter to the MCAs body.

The letter was signed by Mr Moffat Kangi, the new principal administrative secretary at the Office of the President.

The Nation understands that the County Assemblies Forum (CAF)—a body that brings together all the MCAs in Kenya—is currently meeting at a Nairobi hotel to review the developments and are expected to issue a statement this afternoon.

CAF Secretary General Kipkirui Chepkwony confirmed the lobby group had received the letter and were planning their next move.

MCAs are big stakeholders on the BBI and they will play a very important role. Since the requirement is for at least 24 assemblies to pass before it can to the next stage, we are meeting, all the MCAs in Kenya, in Bomas on Friday to build consensus on how we will handle BBI,” Mr Chepkwony told the Nation in an interview on Wednesday.

In their presentations to the BBI team during the report’s validation process, MCAs called for a provision to establish the County Assembly Fund to exist alongside the County Revenue Fund.

As it stands, all the 47 counties have one account at the National Treasury operated and managed by the county finance team under the governor.

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