4,700 invited to Bomas for report release

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) talks with ODM leader Raila Odinga

The debate on the Building Bridges Initiative report is expected to gain momentum on Wednesday when President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition chief Raila Odinga make it public at a meeting in Nairobi, a day after officially receiving it.

The Head of State has invited 100 representatives from each of the 47 counties for a consultative meeting at Bomas of Kenya, where the report will be unveiled to the public as he seeks to cement his legacy by leaving a united country when he retires in 2022.

The BBI task force will formally hand over the report to the President and the ODM leader at State House on Tuesday in what is the culmination of months of consultation with Kenyans.

Details of the meeting emerged as Deputy President William Ruto criticised Mr Odinga for promising Kenyans a political tsunami after the report is made public, adding that the public should be given a chance to review the document before backing or rejecting it.

Mr Ruto said the report should not derail the country’s development agenda. “The most important thing to Kenyans is the fixing the infrastructure, fighting poverty and generating jobs for youth,” he said during a prayer service at the African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa in Thika, Kiambu County.