Deputy President William Ruto allies have laughed off the President Uhuru Kenyatta’s efforts to sell the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) agenda in the region.
MPs Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Nelson Koech (Belgut) and Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) described the meeting as “a come-together of usual people who are supporters of the BBI.”
Kuria who spoke to the Star said there are pertinent issues the President should have sought to address but he instead choose to talk about sideshows.
“I looked around and I noticed that a huge number of the 3,000 people were the usual ones who attended the Bomas I and Bomas II meetings,” Kuria said.
The MP said if indeed the organizers wanted to have an impact with the meeting, they should have “invited the not converted people”.
“It was a therapy session. They were speaking to themselves,” he said.
Gachagua while dismissing the impact of the meeting said that the people of Mount Kenya will only listen to the proponents of BBI if they have money.
“The President and his team came to campaign for BBI, something that is set to overburden taxpayers. The people of Mt Kenya have suffered economically under Uhuru regime with our businesses being destroyed under his watch,” said Gachagua.
He went on: “The people of Mt Kenya will only listen to the campaigners of the BBI referendum if and when they have money in their pockets.”
“The saddest part of it all is that any entrepreneur who is trying to progress is seen as a competitor and a threat to some businessmen who have captured the economy of this country.”
Koech said Treasury and the Office of the President should explain to Kenyans “where the Sh1 billion” used in mobilizing and paying delegates to Sagana came from.
“We are aware that close to Sh1 billion was spent on paying the people who attended. The money cannot come from a private pocket but were tax-payers money. An explanation should be given and an audit done and the source of the money and how it was spent,” said Koech.
However, Nyoro took a swipe at the President Kenyatta for fanning violence, adding that State instigated violence is primitive.
“We have heard the President talking of the chaos that erupted at Githurai and Burma last week and he appears to be celebrating and encouraging the youth to opt for chaos. That is very wrong and we want people to sell their agenda without being intimidated. State instigated violence is primitive,” Nyoro said.
Former Mukurweini MP Kabando Wa Kabando said the meeting did not address the economic welfare of residents, adding that the quest to amend the 2010 Constitution through the BBI referendum is a fraud and contains a hidden agenda.
“We are vindicated. Sagana III was all about BBI nonsense and 2022 political lies and shenanigans and not about the economic welfare of area residents. Fortunately, our people won’t board. I don’t support Ruto but on BBI we are soulmates. It is no all the way,” Kabando said in his twitter official handle.
Former Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow said the obsession with which Uhuru is pushing for the passage of BBI less than 20 months to his exit from office should worry Kenyans.
According to Kerrow, President Kenyatta could be preparing to make a comeback as a prime minister, a position that has been proposed in BBI. “To be actively involved for a former president can only mean he will be back as a PM. That is why there is desperation to pass BBI. You can’t be actively involved staying home or as a party hawk,” said Kerrow.