Jubilee MPs vow to rally Kenyans to reject BBI outcome

More than ten Jubilee Party MPs have vowed to rally Kenyans to reject the outcome of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) if it would call for the change of constitution to create positions for some individuals.

The leaders said BBI was a top-down initiative that had nothing to do with the common mwananchi.

They said the composition of BBI was biased, noting that those from the ODM wing were lawyers and professionals well versed on matters of the law while the Jubilee side was represented by leaders whose area of interest was in peace, unity and reconciliation.

The leaders included MPs Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), John Muchiri (Manyatta), Jane Kihara (Naivasha), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Gichuki Mwangi (Tetu), Rehema Jaldesa (Women Rep, Isiolo), Mugambi Rindikiri (Buuri), Halima Mucheke (nominated), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Rahab Mukami (Women Rep, Nyeri) and Gichugi Mugambi (Othaya).

Speaking at the home of Mr Gachagua in Mathira Constituency during a leaders meeting on Sunday, the MPs said proponents of BBI were pursuing selfish agenda at the expense of public interest.

Deputy President William Ruto was also present.

“Neither Punguza Mizigo nor BBI would see the light of the day. That is the reality of the things at the grassroots,” said Mr Mwangi.

Ms Jaldesa said Kenyans would not allow some few individuals to elect the President for them.

“The Constitution should first be fully implemented before plans to change it are brought before Kenyans,” she said.

“It is Kenyans who are well placed to elect leaders and not few individuals who meet in high-end hotels to decide for Kenyans,” Ms Jaldesa added.

Ms Aisha said it is the responsibility of Kenyans to elect their leaders, noting that those supporting efforts to amend the Constitution were pursuing selfish interests.

“It must be understood that Kenyans must and will always elect their President,” said Ms Jumwa.

On his part, Mr Buuri said Kenyans were not interested in matters to do with the change of the Constitution, saying there were more pressing issues that need to be addressed.

“The BBI that the people of Meru know is how to boost tea, coffee and dairy production,” he explained.

At the same time, the MPs said no amount of intimidation would stop them from supporting Dr Ruto for presidency in 2022.

“We want to assure Kenyans that no amount of intimidation would deter us from supporting Dr Ruto for presidency in 2022,” said Ms Wamaua.

Mr Gachagua said residents of Central and Mt Kenya would not be misled to support individuals whose development track record was unknown to them.

“We will rally behind the leadership of the Deputy President for presidency in 2022 because he has stood with us and that his development track record is clear,” said Mr Gachagua.

Ms Kihara said the Kikuyu community was firmly behind the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Deputy President as contained in the party’s 2013 pact.

“No one will dissuade us from supporting the Deputy President when President Kenyatta’s term comes to an end,” said Ms Kihara.

Earlier, the Deputy President joined worshipers for Sunday service at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa Karatina and Tumutumu, Icuga Parish respectively.

He asked Christians to continue praying for peace and unity of the country for the sake of accelerated development.

“As Christians, we should continue praying for peace and the unity of all Kenyans,” said the Deputy President.

He said Sh40 billion had been set aside for the expansion of Kenol-Marua road to ease congestion as part of the Government’s infrastructural development across the country.

Dr Ruto said plans were underway to connect another 40,000 households in Nyeri County following the allocation of Sh1.8 billion for the project under phase two of the Last Mile Connectivity Programme.

“We have also set aside Sh1.2 billion for water projects in Mathira to solve the problem of water shortage in this region,” said Dr Ruto.

The Deputy President said nothing would deter Jubilee’s agenda on unity and development of all Kenyans.



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