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Muslim leaders reject BBI – ‘It will claw back gains the country has made’

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Muslim leaders have rejected the push to amend the constitution through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI)saying the envisioned constitutional amendment will not bring any reforms.

Addressing a press conference in Nairobi on Sunday, the leaders tore into the BBI report, terming it a document that will claw back the gains the county has made since 2010.

They called handshake partners President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM boss Raila Odinga to call off the process and instead focus on fighting Covid-19 that is ravaging the county.

“BBI will create an imperial president. It will weaken the checks and balances that have been put in place to check the executive,” Supkem Chairman Hassan Ole Naado said.

Naado read the statement on behalf of the leaders.

The stand by Muslim leaders comes a week after Catholic bishops questioned key proposals of the BBI report and the rationale for rushing to a referendum against the backdrop of a bad economy occasioned by the effects of Covid-19.

The bishops questioned the BBI saying if the proposals contained in the document are implemented, chaos will be created in government.

They also said this will create an imperial president, dilute the independence of the police service and create a conflict of interest in parliament.

The bishops said with the surge in coronavirus infections, it is not the right time “to carry out fundamental constitutional reforms.”

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