Catholic leaders want the BBI referendum to be held after the 2022 general election

The Catholic Church yesterday asked for the rescheduling of the BBI referendum until Kenya has held its general election in 2022.

“We propose that to ensure a democratic, constitutional and inclusive process that is based on law and dialogue, far-reaching constitutional amendments should only be addressed after 2022 General Elections,” said Rev. Martin Kivuva.

The 23 Catholic Church clerics from the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, came after the High Court called the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) unconstitutional.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Attorney General Kihara Kariuki and the BBI National Secretariat have moved to the Court of Appeal to contest the High Court judgement that was passed 2 weeks ago.

Additionally, the Catholic bishops called for the proper recruitment of four other IEBC commissioners to ensure the commission operates within the law.

“The fact that it has taken several years to replace the commissioners who moved to this institution signals a reluctance as a country to get governance systems in a way that they can gain public trust,” said Rev. Kivuva.

By JN Wamanji

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