President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga are working round the clock to ensure that the Building Bridges Initiative BBI gets support from Kenyans and that it sails through to the referendum slated for 2021.
According to Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata, the President has taken the mandate to himself to drum support for the report and he might be planning for a massive tour across the country anytime soon.
While speaking with the Saturday Nation, Kang’ata disclosed that the president is now targeting a consensus building on the BBI bill as well as looking forward to task both the National Assembly and the Senate to come up with the referendum budget.
“The President is now taking charge of the BBI and the referendum. He is the one to ascent to the referendum bills and is the one who is tasking both the majorities in Senate and the National Assembly in conjunction with the National Treasury to come up with a referendum budget.
It is important to all of us that he succeeds as, truth be told, we in Mt Kenya stand among the best gainers if it sails through,” Mr Kang’ata said.
This comes few days after IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati affirmed that the exercise of verifying the signatures collected for the BBI referendum will start once they receive the funds for the exercise.
Mr Kang’ata said he has been mandated to whip Dr Ruto’s Tangatanga “generals” in Mt Kenya to support the law changes “and I have already reached out to Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Kiharu’s Ndindi Nyoro and Mathira’s Rigathi Gachagua.”
Mr Nyoro confirmed that there are talks going on but added that the Kieleweke side must remain true to the BBI cause and delink it from sneaking in a Handshake presidential candidate.
“It is true we are talking. But we in Tangatanga have made it very clear that we will not negotiate on our 2022 political decision to back Dr. Ruto. Our Kieleweke brothers and sisters are attempting to attach supporting Mr. Raila Odinga for 2022 as a condition. That is what we are refusing,” he said.
Leaders allied to both Raila’s and Uhuru’s political wings continue to urge Kenyans to support the report on claims that it will solve several issues affecting them.