BBI a facade – Gladys Shollei

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Uasin Gishu Women Representative, Gladys Shollei.

Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Shollei has lamented that the BBI rallies are surrounded by too much politics to effect meaningful change to suffering Kenyans.

She was responding to reports of pro-Deputy President William Ruto MPs Mohammed Ali (Nyali) and Aisha Jumwa (Malindi) being pelted with stones in Mombasa.

The two were addressing a press conference on the BBI rally slated for Tononoka Grounds tomorrow. Jumwa and Ali accused Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho of using goons to intimidate them after the youths carrying boulders interrupted the presser in Mombasa. Jumwa downplayed the interruption, saying the youths had been sent to deliver a message which they did.

The BBI rallies have caused more divisions and Kenyans could do without it, Shollei says. According to her, the initiative goes against its main objective of bringing Kenyans together. She criticised reports of politicians being attacked while talking about BBI, a unity movement.

Shollei went on, adding that Kenyans, and the politicians, can do better to strengthen unity without the BBI. The issues on unity are outlined in the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, which the pro-BBI leaders should be pushing to have implemented, she says.

If the initiative is about historical injustices, it should further push for the implementation of the Ndung’u land report. “It [the Ndung’u land report] had clear recommendations on those who have been excluded and land stolen by people still in government.”

Shollei said the BBI as is, cannot solve unemployment, coffee and tea farmers’ woes, poor health, tough economic times and bad schools that hurt the quality of education. She has in the past described the BBI as a joke taken too far.