President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga [photo: capital FM]
Nov, 11th 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga are today scheduled to meet governors to rally them to support the Building Bridges initiative report. The meeting follows a forum of governors in Naivasha on Monday where proposals have been made to amend the BBI report.
The governors are however split on whether to allow the proposal to have the MCAs have a degree before they contest for the county assembly seat. The meeting organized by the Council of Governors is aimed at giving the two leaders an opportunity to rally the support of the County Chiefs for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.
The former prime minister and the Head of State are determined to use the meeting to drum up support for the report, with a section of governors and Ward representatives warning that its implementation will weaken the Senate.
Thw Governors have raised concerns over the requirement specified in the report that those vying for gubernatorial slots should pick women as their running mates. CoG chairman Wycliffe Oparanya said, “We are keen to ensure that our views and demands are captured in the report and that is the purpose of the retreat.”
The retreat follows a similar one where Uhuru and Raila met MPs from the bicameral Parliament who resolved to support the document and popularize it ahead of next year’s referendum where people will vote on whether to alter the county governance structure.
Speaking on Monday after a meeting with leaders from ASAL (Hazard analysis of Arid and semi-Arid) areas, ODM leader said that the views on the BBI process will be considered. He said, “I appreciate having had a robust and candid discussion with leaders from pastoralist communities this morning. Their views on the BBI process that they expressed support for, are welcome and shall be taken into consideration as we formulate the way forward for our nation.“
Last week, members of parliament from pastoralist communities opposed the report and presented a set of conditions to be met befoore they offer thir support. Former House Majority Leader and Garissa Township MP Aden Duale said, “We will be cheating our parties and the country if we say that the pastoralist community is happy with the document.”