Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has said the first BBI meeting will be held in Nakuru on February 8, to ease “greater participation” in the BBI process. The leaders have raised concern over how the ongoing Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rallies are being conducted.
The about 173 legislators were holed up in a closed-door meeting in Naivasha on Monday to discuss the ongoing BBI rallies.
The leaders, mostly allied to Deputy President William Ruto want the BBI task force and its chairman Yusuf Haji to urgently release the schedule of public meetings preferably in every constituency. This, they say will ensure that all Kenyans take part in people-centered discussions.
The Naivasha meeting has raised speculation over its motive after parliamentarians allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta snubbed the retreat organised by DP Ruto’s camp, arguing that it had been disguised as a forum on constitutional reforms.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Mohammed Ali (Nyali), Oscar Sudi (Kapsaret), Julius Sankok were some of the leaders in attendance.
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria had portrayed the forum as a Jubilee Parliamentary Group meeting, saying it would come up with Jubilee’s official position on the BBI. “We are gearing up for the first official Jubilee Parliamentary Group meeting since the release of the BBI report. We shall come up with the official Jubilee position on the BBI scenarios to be presented to (Senator Yusuf) Haji’s team,” said Mr Kuria, adding that the meeting would also come up with a strategy for the 2022 elections.
Leaders who gave the meeting a wide berth include MPs Kanini Kega (Kieni), Sabina Chege (Murang’a), Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills), Ngunjiri Wambugu (Nyeri Town), Maina Kamanda (nominated) and Paul Mwirigi (Igembe South).