Parallel BBI meetings in Nairobi ahead of Regional Forum

The appointment of Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja as the convener of the Nairobi regional meeting is a hard slap in the face of Sonko-allied lawmakers. The ongoing grassroots mobilization forums promise loads of drama with Sonko allies planning to hold parallel town hall meetings ahead of the regional meeting set for February.

Nairobi County Assembly Majority Leader, Charles Thuo announced plans for the parallel meetings in a bid to counter similar meetings being spearheaded by Sakaja, Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi, Dagoreti North MP Simba Arati, Makadara MP George Aladwa, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna and nominated MP Maina Kamanda.

Thuo revealed their series of meetings will begin in Roysambu. Ward representatives will be at the centre of the anticipated Nairobi BBI rally and should be able to educate residents on the BBI as they also collect their views concerning the document.

“As MCAs we have agreed that we are going to start our BBI initiative and we going the town hall way and not open rallies, we are not trying to challenge anyone but we are just doing our part because that’s what we feel we should do and all leaders are invited,” said Thuo.

Minority Leader Peter Imwatok dismissed the plans as “mere political gimmick and not genuine BBI rallies.”

Imwatok labelled the Thuo led group confused, adding their views were selfish.

“How can 17 MCAs purport to be speaking on behalf of the whole assembly? We only have one BBI and the meetings have been well planned and the organizers are known,” said Imwatok.

He emphasized that the itinerary for sub county meetings in Nairobi starting with the Central Business District had been unveiled ahead of the main BBI rally.