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Kibicho roots for BBI in Kirinyaga

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Contrary to Deputy President William Ruto’s charade that there are no copies of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, Interior PS Karanja Kibicho now says that the government has so far printed about 20 million copies of the document.

Kibicho on Saturday said the government press has been printing every day since the document was launched, adding that the copies include 10 million that were printed over the last 30 days.

“I want to assure you that the printer has been working daily in order to make sure that the popular version of the document, whose language has been simplified, are readily available to the citizens,” said Kibicho.

Kibicho explained that his department under which the printing services are being carried out, will continue undertaking the task and  urged Kenyans to read the document with a lot of sobriety so they are able to make the right decisions.

The powerful PS told Kenyans to also access the document in soft copy via their smart phones even as he told off critics who have been claiming there was a shortage of the BBI copies, saying they were pushing selfish interests.

“A lot of Kenyans now have smartphones and other modern gadgets and it’s apparent that they visit the internet to read e-newspapers and surf through other information. If they can afford to use the internet for other purposes, why not download the BBI document and read?” he said.

The PS asked residents to support the BBI, saying it will benefit all Kenyans through fair resource allocation and equal representation, arguing that the proposed changes will reinstate critical institutions that will go a long way in helping farmers.

“We need to secure our future not by promises but through a pact. Through that, we can breathe easy, knowing that our people’s interests are protected. Those fighting BBI are enemies of both Uhuru Kenyatta and me.” 

Kibicho also poked holes on Ruto’s narrative that Counties have been struggling to get the 15 per cent minimal revenue as enshrined in the constitution.

Instead,  he defended the national government saying it has allocated to counties their 15 per cent share of national revenues and that no county had ever failed to receive its share despite delays.

He disagreed with those advocating for a legislative method in enacting the proposed 35 per cent allocation to counties.

The PS said previous stalemates that have characterized such a model in the past have proved to cause inconvenience.

For instance, he cited the third basis for revenue sharing formula that was passed by the Senate after 10 failed attempts last year.

Kibicho said the BBI will also avail more funds for CDF that will translate to more bursaries for learners.

He noted most students were not able to realize their full academic potential because many of them were unable to raise fees. He said some students require scholarships and not the little bursary allocations they get through CDF.

“Some students who come from less populated areas benefit a lot with the education kitty as compared to the ones in the densely populated areas. Students in some wards enjoy scholarships of Sh100,000 per person while others have to cope up with Sh2,000. These unfair allocation formulas are some of the ailments that the BBI is ready to cure,” Kibicho said.

The PS said the BBI will greatly benefit Mt Kenya region where institutions that add value to agricultural activities will roar back to life.

He said the proposed changes will create additional constituencies that will translate to more CDF allocations and leadership closer to the people.

Kibicho was speaking in Ndia constituency during the commissioning of four new classrooms, desks and a teachers’ ablution block at Gathuthi-ini Primary School.

The project was undertaken by Gathuthi-ini Hope Foundation where Kibicho is the patron.

The bill was last week committed to the county assembly’s justice and legal affairs committee who are expected to subject it to public participation this week.

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