CoG chair and Kakamega County governor Wycliffe Oparanya [photo: Kenyan report]
Nov, 23rd 2020 – Politicians from Western Kenya have clashed over the stopping of BBI signature collection. While Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali, former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa and Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala welcomed the suspension on claims that it would allow dialogue on the report.
Washiali noted that Kenyans deserved an opportunity to have their views put into the document that will be represented in a referendum. He said, “We have the opportunity of making a more inclusive document that all parties will agree on and will bring unity. If we discuss and come up with a unifying document we may end up using only Sh2 billion and not the projected Sh14 billion in a referendum.“
Wycliffe Oparanya, Council of Governors chairman said that counties will support the report as it has proposed increment of resources in the grassroots. Oparanya said, “I have been at the forefront fighting for the betterment of devolution because as governors, we have faced difficulties in the last two terms in terms due to limited resources.“
Nominated senator Naomi Shiyonga clarified that the BBI reggae has not stopped as heard from critics. She further stated that the pause is to ensure the report is inclusive and will eventually be passed. “We wanted to make sure that the report is inclusive and doesn’t leave someone out but it will be passed.”
Bungoma governor Wycliff Wangamati added that the report is an indication that Kenya is embracing devolution.