A section of leaders from Garissa county have thrown their weight behind the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report saying they will continue lobbying for inclusion of their proposals left out in the document.
Led by Garissa governor Ali Korane said that would rather lobby from within than opposing the document all together that they termed ‘generally good’.
Speaking at government guest house when he received BBI signature collection booklets from the 7 sub-counties of Garissa Township, Hulugho, Ijara, Balambala, Fafi, Lagdera and Dadaad, the leaders said that they will continue engaging the two BBI proponents’ President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga saying ‘it’s never too late to slot in their proposals’.
Korane said as leaders they will continue pushing for hiving off of Hulugho constituency out of Ijara constituency because it meets all the required thresholds.
His sentiments were echoed by Dadaab MP Mohamed Dahiye who said that the entire North Eastern region was only given one constituency in Mandera county.
“I want to support my fellow leaders in pushing for the creation of Hulugho constituency and also the splitting of Wajir south constituency into two. We shall rally all the leaders from the region in parliament and senate to push for inclusion of the remaining proposals,” Dahiye said.
Korane said ‘it would not go down well if leaders from North Eastern oppose the BBI after Garissa senator Yussuf Haji was given the honor of chairing the BBI taskforce’.
“We have had faith all along with the process because our elder and senator Yussuf Haji was chairing the taskforce. It will not augur well with us as leaders for us to put our backs on a process we have all along believed,” Korane said.
Garissa county assembly speaker Ibrahim Abass urged the MCAs whom he termed as learned enough to critique the document before passing it.
Galbet MCA Abdirizak Ismail however took a swipe at deputy president William Ruto for ‘sending mixed signals’ over the BBI document.
Abdirizak said that Ruto has, since the handshake, been opposed to every move to unite Kenyans through the BBI process.
“I want to ask our deputy president to come out and declare his stand on the BBI. If he is opposing it, let him tell us and we meet at the ballot. He cannot keep on shifting goal post each day,” Abdirizak said.
On Tuesday, Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi hit out at Ruto over his push for consensus on the BBI bill.
This comes after the DP on the same day hosted his allies at his Karen residence and thereafter held a press conference saying the BBI referendum should be held in 2022 alongside the general election to allow time for consensus-building as well as to save costs.
Mudavadi, in a post on social media, told off DP Ruto saying that despite consensus being important, time is of the essence as far as the BBI issue goes.
The ANC party boss further accused the DP of taking Kenyans in endless circles and of being afraid to commit to a particular stand.