Bahati Member of Parliament Kimani Ngunjiri has issued a statement after he voted in support of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill in the National Assembly.
Kimani Ngunjiri who is a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto claimed that he voted for the BBI Bill because it advocated for the bottom-up approach economic model that the Hustler team has embraced.
“What’s the difference with this (BBI) which takes funds to the grassroots level from MCAs to the top, and allocates five new constituencies for Nakuru county government?” Kimani Ngunjiri asked.
He however, said that his voting to pass the BBI Bill in Parliament did not mean that he has abandoned the Hustler Movement.
“I am still the chief campaigner of DP William Ruto. Have you seen the DP himself say no to the BBI bill?” Ngunjiri posed.
The Bahati lawmaker who has been opposed to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration his Handshake with Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga surprised the House on Thursday, May 6, 2021 when he voted in support of the BBI Bill.
“I Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri, MP Bahati, vote YES,” the MP stated amid cheers and jeers from his counterparts.
This comes after the Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi had announced that a total of 235 MPs voted yes while 83 voted no and two abstained. The total number of votes cast was 320.
The BBI Bill is expected to be further debated at the House of the Senate before proceeding to the referendum where Kenyans will get a chance to exercise their democratic rights of voting for or against the Bill.