Parliament has turned down request by the Constitutional Implementation and Oversight Authority to hold a four day retreat to delve into the BBI report.
The committee chaired by Hon. Jeremiah Kioni of Ndaragwa Constituency had intentions of flying to Mombasa to for deliberations from which it would give a framework of implementation.
But National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi ruled that the house can only spend money on a committee discussing a report that it has formally received.
Muturi revealed that even efforts to get the document from the government printer by the clerk of the National Assembly were not successful. Any report in the media or social media remains there, he added.
“BBI report has not found legs to reach parliament and any committee that may be desirous of discussing it will be doing so outside the functions of the house “, Muturi said.
The speaker emphasized that the house is only aware of one official communication regarding the BBI, a gazette notice on the appointment of the taskforce.
The Speaker’s outburst follows concerns by some parliamentarians that CIOC is seeking to hijack the report before it is formally received by parliament.
Majority Leader Aden Duale and Minority Leader John Mbadi said it beat logic that a committee would want to discuss a strange document.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has not formally presented the report to parliament, the only move that would allow the house to treat it as its business.
Hon. Kioni decried being treated with suspicion saying that if suspicion is not dealt with at this early stage then it stands to stall the entire process.
He asked the parliament to encourage and facilitate those who want to do a detailed understanding of the report and partisanship should not be dragged into departmental committees.
Kioni however toned down and pointed that only 30% of the unity report would require implementation by parliament and the rest through a referendum.
Baringo North Mp Wulliam Cheptumo who doubles up as the chair of Justice and Legal Affairs Committe said that the politics being created around BBI report risk defeating the reason initiative was put in place.