Mombasa activists welcome the “death of BBI”

Supreme Court Judges (from Left) Justice Isaac Lenaola, Justice Smokin Wanjala, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Chief Justice Martha Koome, Justice Mohamed Ibrahim, Justice Njoki Ndungu and Justice William Ouko./COURTESY

Human rights activists in Mombasa county have lauded Thursday’s supreme court ruling on the Building the Bridges initiative bill.

The activists are now terming it a blow to its promoters-president Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Mr. Raila Odinga.

According to Mr.Zedekiah Adika, a Kituo cha Sheria advocate, the ruling will build confidence in Kenyans. He added that the BBI blow is wake up call to public officers and government to operate within the law.

“The ruling is important in that it builds confidence in government institutions. That no one can override the constitution,” he said.

Mr. Adika who was speaking during a phone interview with baraka FM also lashed out at the political class for spearheading what he termed as an “unconstitutional document” being imposed to Kenyans instead of the process being Wanjiku driven.

“The initiative was spearheaded by two parties, Jubilee and ODM. It is something we as the civil society have been against,” he stated.

He also rebuked MCAs for passing the BBI bill in their county assemblies despite heavy cries of a section of Kenyans.

At the same time Peter Kimwele, an aspiring MCA for Ziwa La Ng’ombe ward, argues that the “BBI reggae” failed because of political interference.

“The document failed the test of time because of those behind it” he said.