Leaders vow to oppose BBI in Mt Kenya region

Monday, February 1st, 2021 00:00 | By
President Uhuru Kenyatta makes his remarks during a meeting with over 600 youth leaders from across Central Kenya and neighbouring counties at Sagana State Lodge, Nyeri county. Photo/PSCU

A section of politicians from Mt Kenya region have vowed to lead campaigns against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s push for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and his 2022 political agenda.

The leaders who spoke in Mitheru ward in Maara constituency during the burial ceremony of Lucy Njeri Mbae, wife to the former Tharaka Nithi Governor Samuel Ragwa said BBI is not helpful to the country at the moment.

The leaders who included Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua, The Service Party leader Mwangi Kiunjuri and Tharaka Nithi Senator Prof Kithure Kindiki asked leaders to reject the BBI to protect residents from oppression.

In particular Kiunjuri and Kindiki said they would support Deputy President William Ruto for the presidency in 2022 but in their regional political parties.

The leaders also said they will also seek to know from DP Ruto what the region will get in return for its over 7 million votes even as they called for the unity of Mt Kenya ahead of 2022 elections which they claimed had been divided by the BBI politics.

Kindiki said though they are still in the Jubilee Party that is almost dead, Mt Kenya East region will have its own party that will give it a bargaining power during the formation of the next government.

“We will not do the mistake of folding our regional parties as we did in 2017 to form Jubilee Party only to be disowned and mistreated,” said Kindiki.

No fruits

Kiunjuri who is the former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary said he will no longer have kind words for the President if he keeps stirring up trouble.

Karua took on the president for forcing residents of Mt Kenya to pass the BBI report, which they know is not good for the country.

We elected Uhuru in good heart because we respect him. Therefore, he should respect us and stop telling us the direction we shall take when he leaves office.”

And on their part Nakuru senator Susan Kihika and former Mukurwe-ini MP Kabando Wa Kabando were categorical that Sagana meeting did not yield any fruit.

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