Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga says the Building Bridges Initiative-BBI-offers the Coastal region residents an opportunity to address a range of issues that specifically affect them.
The ODM leader said categorically that BBI will help address historical land injustices in the region since many locals own no land and are living as squatters.
Speaking at Mama Ngina grounds, Odinga asked the coastal residents to take advantage of the blue economy to transform their livelihoods.
He said views collected in the ongoing regional consultation forums will be captured in what he termed as BBI 2 report, which is expected to propose legislative and policy changes.
“The people of the Coast spoke, they have made well thought out recommendations based on their aspirations. Shared prosperity, equitable distribution of revenue from natural resources and a more inclusive political system formed part of their proposals”, he said.
He said he will engage the government to ensure a bridge is built at the Kilindini Harbour to prevent calamities in future.
With majority of its members now championing the BBI as the best bet to turn around the country’s fortunes, ODM has reiterated its stance on the need to subject some of the proposals in the BBI report to a popular initiative sometime before the end of the year.
During the Mombasa forum, governors drawn from the coast region called for the establishment of a third tier government and allocation of more resources to the counties.
The leaders further made calls for an expanded executive and proposed the creation of two regions namely an upper coast region and a lower coast region.
In a 16-point proposal the governors also called on the government to effectively address matters of land ownership in the larger coast region.
Elsewhere, a section of leaders from western region have passed a resolution that shall be presented to president Uhuru Kenyatta in support of their ailing economy.
They called on the head of state to support Mumias/ Nzioa sugar belt and Malakisi ginnery, Nambale ginnery and pan paper, among others.
The leaders attended the western economic recovery meeting at Mumias grounds Saturday led by MPs Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), Injendi Malulu (Malava), Dan Wanyama (Webuye west), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), John Waluke (Sirisia), Justus Murunga (Matungu), former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale and former sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa.
They called on Amani National Congress Party leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford-Kenya counterpart Moses Wetang’ula to support the leaders who are spearheading the western economic recovery.
The Kimilili MP appealed to the president to clear all the debts in the sugar sector. He said the president had promised to write off debts in the sugar sector but this was yet to be done.