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Kimunya rules out calls to amend report ahead of MPs’ caucus

By People Team
Friday, October 30th, 2020
National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya and his Senate counterpart Irungu Kang’ata at a recent press briefing. Photo/PD/File
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Anthony Mwangi and Mercy Mwai

Leaders supporting the Building Bridges Initiative will this weekend retreat to Naivasha to discuss the implementation of the report.

The retreat brings together all elected leaders including governors, members of the two Houses of Parliament and County assemblies.

National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya, while confirming the meeting, said all Members of Parliament have been invited for the retreat.

Meetings will, however, be held in batches in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines of minimising gatherings.

The agenda, he said, will include technical presentations from experts to enable the leaders understand the contents of the report so that they are able to speak in one voice.

“Nobody has been given an invitation; we are still working on the logistics. All Members of the National Assembly, Senators and Ward Reps have been invited.

But because we cannot put all these leaders in one venue due to Covid-19, we will travel in batches. Some will travel this weekend others next weekend,” he said.

Kimunya also appeared to dash hopes for amending the report, stating the secretariat has already been disbanded after clearing its work, insisting that the only task ahead was implementation.

“We are not going to make any changes to the report; the retreat is for people to understand this report. The Steering Committee finalised its work,”

Yesterday, Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata, while confirming the list of senators to attend the Naivasha meeting, said he had strict instructions not to invite politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto’s Tanga Tanga brigade.

“I have been advised to exclude Tanga Tanga from the talks,” he said.

Close ally 

Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, a close ally of DP, said he had not received any invitation and was not aware of the Naivasha retreat.

Asked if the Tanga Tanga team will be opposing the BBI, Ndindi said no position has been taken and that consultations were ongoing.

“We are still studying the document. We will give direction to our supporters in due course,” Ndindi told the People Daily.

Ruto leads his team to Mount Kenya region this weekend for a series of funds raisers where they are expected to give their position on the BBI report.