Kang’ata in the spotlight as debate over bad BBI document escalates
Senator Murang’a, Irungu Kang’ata, was honored by fellow Senators and Members of Parliament who form the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) during the debate on a bad Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) document climbing.
On Friday, April 23, lawmakers met to approve the document that would be sent to the presidents of the National Assembly and the Senate, after reports revealed that the two chambers had received different bills. It was further alleged that the majority of county assemblies adopted the wrong document.
Of the 27 JLAC members, Kang’ata was the only lawmaker who refused to sign off to verify the document. The JLAC has 19 deputies and 9 senators, including lawyers Otiende Amolo (deputy for Rarieda), Kigano Muturi (deputy for Kangema) and James Orengo (senator for Siaya).
“As you can see, we represent the whole committee. The report we are sending is approved by both committees. Senator Kang’ata is the only one who does not agree with the approval and has decided to refrain. We don’t know what his feelings are right now.
“Everyone else has approved the report and the bill and we have our recommendations and observations. Speakers will guide the debate when both chambers resume. Therefore, those who report that the BBI has failed should be aware that issues arise, but this is not necessarily the case. means that we have disagreements ”, assured the president of the JLAC of the National Assembly, Kigano Muturi.
He did not reveal why Kang’ata abstained, however. Senator could not be reached for comment
JLAC Senate Committee Chairman Okongo Omogeni added that they had collectively agreed on the content of the report presented.
“I want to dispel the rumors and clarify that we have no saboteurs on the committee. We are all supporters. The errors noted in the bills were typing errors and not factual errors,” explained the senator from Nyamira.
“We had an amicable but difficult task. I signed the report, as did Otiende Amollo. It will be presented to the plenary and then to the referendum,” added ODM Senate Minority Leader James Orengo.
Kang’ata, while then Senate Majority Whip, wrote to President Uhuru Kenyatta, warning him that BBI was unpopular and was on the verge of failure. At first, the lawyer distanced himself from the controversial letter, but later admitted he had scripted but had not disclosed it.
The letter sparked mixed reactions in the country, forcing President Uhuru Kenyatta to attack the senator and other reviews of the BBI.
“Msione simba amenyeshewa muone ni paka, kila kitu na wakati wake. Sisi ni wanademokrasia. Watu wapige pigeon ile wanataka kupiga, waandike ile mabarua wanataka kuandika.
“Don’t assume that a lion that has rained on is a cat. Some people have written me letters thinking I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m in charge of this government and I control what we do. let’s do it, ”Uhuru said, addressing mourners at the funeral of the mother of ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Mama Hannah Atsianzale.
Kang’ata was expelled as majority whip of the Senateand was replaced by Senator Kiambu, Kimani Wamatangi. However, he was retained in the JLAC committee. Later, Kang’ata jumped off the ship and joined Vice President William Ruto’s scammer camp.