The Bahati member of parliament Kimani Ngunjiri has spoken out as more counties moved to ratify the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). Speaking in an exclusive interview that was streamed live on Facebook, the outspoken legislator warned the Members of County Assembly who passed the intiative that they will suffer consequences. He said that the Kenyan people would deal with the MCAs at the ballot.
"We know what this is all about. It is about securing the political interests of two people. We know that there is a plan to extend the presidency of Uhuru Kenyatta under the pretext of implementing the BBI. MCAs can ratify the BBI all they want but the Kenyan people will deal with them."
The Orange Democratic Movement party leader and former prime minister Raila Odinga makes a speech at a past political event in Msambweni. [Source Courtesy]
Proponents of the Building Bridges Initiative are confident that they will get the support that they need from the counties to take the initiative to the next stage. Over 20 counties have rallied behind the Constitution Amendment Bill, only 24 are required for the process to move to parliament where it must be supported by two thirds majority. From parliament, the process will sail through to the people who will vote for or against the BBI in a referendum.
Baringo is the only county, as of writing this article, that had votes to reject the BBI. The deputy president Dr William Ruto enjoys massive support in the county. Other Ruto-leaning counties are expected to reject the initiative unless the deputy president rallies them to support the initiative.
The Kenyan head of state President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner the Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga at the BBI signature collection launch at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre. [Source Courtesy]
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