BBI signatures collection drive postponed, new launch date to be communicated

President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga pose after receiving the BBI report. Photo/PSCU

The planned launch of the collection of signatures towards a BBI referendum has been postponed. The Building Bridges Initiative secretariat late on Wednesday said the postponement is due to the late completion and publication of The Constitution Amendment Bill 2020. “The secretariat is working on a new date with a comprehensive programme of rollout activities which will be communicated in due course,” read part of the statement, signed by co-chairpersons of the secretariat Dennis Waweru and Junet Mohamed.

The collection of signatures was meant to be launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, who on Tuesday indicated that the whole process was meant to be done as quickly as possible, preferably ending by the end of the week. There were concerns already from different quarters, with calls to amen sections of the report and address mre issues that hadn’t been highlighted, in order to have a win-win situation and an uncontested referendum as a result.

Deputy President William Ruto was on the forefront calling for more inclusion. The decision to postpone the signatures collection drive was made after a long meeting between the President and his Deputy at State House.