Story/Reuben Olita

Busia County Assembly tabled the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Constitutional Ammendment Bill, 2020 on Thursday, thus setting stage for public participation that commences on February 9th, 2021.

Nominated Member of the County Assembly, Hon. Florence Ologi (ODM) tabled the bill that Deputy Speaker referred to the Legal and Human Rights Committee to commence public publication process.

Hon Ologi, who is also the vice chair legal and human rights committee said they were taken through the draft bill during their meeting with ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday in Nairobi and saw no anomaly in the document.

The committee chairman, Hon David Kokonya said the draft bill is a public document which the public must be given a chance to make informed opinion.

Nangina Ward MCA, Hon John Obwogo said they are ready to hit the road where they will sensitize county residents on the contents of the draft bill to enable them make informed decision.

Hon Grace Olita (Angurai South Ward) said she will hit the road to enlighten residents on why the document is pro-devolution, noting that more resources will trickle into counties.

In an advert in the daily newspapers, the assembly has invited residents to either submit memoranda containing their views on the Bill or attend public participation forums in all the seven sub-counties of Busia.

Public participation hearing will run from February 9th to 12th. On February 9th, the exercise will be held in Port Victoria, Town Hall and Funyula CDF Hall.

On February 10 it will move to Butula Family Life Hall and Nambale DCC’s Office. The next day it will move to Teso South and Teso North DCC offices. Matayos will host the last meeting on February 12th at Busia Agricultural Training Centre.

Busia County Assembly Legal and Human Rights committee chairman, Hon David Kokonya during a session.

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