By Chris Misango
The ANC Party leader Hon. Musalia Mudavadi stands tall after the BBI committee took into consideration his proposed amendments days after the launch of the report on October 26 at Bomas of Kenya.
Speaking at the ANC Party headquarters during the launch of the signatures collection by the party, Kakamega county gubernatorial hopeful and ANC Parliamentary group Chairman Ayub Savula said the sweetness in the BBI document is as a result of Mudavadi’s proposals that have been fully captured.
The ANC party through Mudavadi had opined that the BBI proposals rendered the Senate toothless by stripping its powers to legislate issues to do with devolution and faulted the proposal which talked of creation of the Office of Ombudsman to be appointed by the President arguing that the proposal would interfere with the powers of the Judiciary which the law upholds.
Savula reiterated that the party is satisfied with the amendment of a number of proposals among them Article 172 that makes the Senate the vetting House for the Ombudsman rather than the National Assembly.
“Article 230, which shall see the president ‘NOMINATE’ and not ‘APPOINT’ the chair and members of Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) pending approval of the National Assembly and that a person who becomes the Leader of the Official Opposition will not come from the same party or coalition which produces the Prime Minister,” said Savula.
Hon. Savula further applouded an amendment that will see more women in parliament, bringing an end to the two- thirds gender rule stalemet that had threatened the existence of the 12th parliament through the advisory by the Chief Justice David Maraga issued on September 21st 2020.