Rift leaders: BBI is the Solution

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Elgeyo Marakwet Governor, Alex Tolgos addressing the media in a past event.

Leaders in Rift Valley have kicked off campaigns to popularize the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report in the region.

The region’s support for the BBI, spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga after their truce in 2018, had largely remained lukewarm.  

A section of leaders in the region say it could be the solution to the ailing agriculture sector and the threat of violence experienced in Rift Valley during elections. 

The region’s BBI Steering Committee, chaired by Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos, has already started engaging the people to seek their support.

Mr Tolgos, in a blunt statement likely to upset the DP and his supporters, vowed that they will not watch as their people are exposed to the torments of electoral and ethnic violence.

He said they will not tolerate “endemic runaway corruption because of an individual’s insatiable greed for imperial powers”.

“We do not wish to continue being casualties of senseless violence because of divisive politics,” he said.

The governor further lamented that the agriculture sector, has been ailing despite it being the regions back bone.

“Our harvests have been fetching low market prices, a problem compounded by the unscrupulous dealings of cartels,” Mr Tolgos said, citing unreliable supply and poor quality of farm inputs as the other factors to blame for farmers’ woes.

“Our regional economy has been on a downward spiral, effectively spelling doom and an uncertain future for our people.”

Mr Tolgos said the committee will hold town hall forums throughout the Rift Valley.