Having cleared the Building Bridges Initiative Bill 2020 as it has met and surpassed the threshold, the Bill will now move to the 47 county assemblies. Treasury has also allocated IEBC an additional Sh10 billion in the next financial year, meaning a referendum is not far from reality.
The county assemblies will be the next battlefront between the pro-BBI forces and Ruto’s Tangangata movement, which is resisting the push to Amendment Bill 2020 of the constitution in an all-or-nothing vote.
Both sides are expected to mount aggressive campaigns to woo MCAs to their side, with massive grassroots-centered initiatives expected to be heightened as the deadline gets down to the wire. In what is seen as strategy sessions to thwart the public vote, Ruto has been meeting MCAs from a couple of county assemblies at his Karen residence.
On Wednesday, Raila will be accompanied by PS Hinga in his Githurai market tour, signifying the former Prime Minister’s influence in government.
Kikuyu Council of Elders chairman Wachira Kiago confirmed the ODM boss will engage with thousands of traders in the area.
“He will be visiting the Githurai traders, he will be meeting each and every trader.
The traders will be waiting for him. We elders introduced the traders and they are now engaging him directly,” Kiago told the Star.
During a recent meeting with traders at Raila’s Capitol Hill offices, they discussed issues that affect their work including the new market being put up by the government.
Confirming the visit, Nairobi ODM chairman George Aladwa yesterday said it is part of the meet-the-people tour by the former Prime Minister.
“We will be in Githurai on Wednesday for the meet-the-people tour, this is part of Jakom’s engagement with the people,” Aladwa said.
Reminding then how he sacrificed his ambitions to support a candidate from the community, Raila’s tours comes days after he spoke to the community through a vernacular television station.