Verdict on BBI unmasked our varied attitudes to rule of law

High Court bench

(From Left) Lady Justice Teresia Matheka, Justices George Odunga, Joel Ngugi (presiding), Jairus Ngaah and Chacha Mwita at the High Court in Nairobi on May 13, 2021, where they delivered the judgement on eight consolidated petitions challenging the BBI push.

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What you need to know:

  • Citizens who sought to challenge the legality of the BBI process and the contents of the proposed constitutional amendments on a number of grounds filed eight cases.
  • The main issue was the question as to whether the design of the constitution could be changed in the manner in which the BBI process sought to do. 

Last Thursday, a bench of five judges at the High Court delivered a decision that has been the talk of the weekend and will be for a long time.

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