Chama Cha Mashinani party CCM, has announced its unwavering support for the just-unveiled BBI report.
Announcing the decision on Wednesday, the party’s top leadership, led by the party leader and former Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto said CCM was committed to ensuring that devolution is strengthened in through BBI and more resources pumped to the counties.
According to former Jubilee Party member who is also former Elgeyo Marakwet County Assembly Albert Kochei, Kenyans and especially those from the Rift Valley region should not allow politics to divide them as far as their support for BBI is concerned.
“A section of Rift Valley Leaders today held a presser at Nairobi to state the unwavering support for BBI which will be officially launched tomorrow Monday 26th Oct at Bomas of Kenya. As CCM party, we are committed in ensuring that Devolution is strengthened in the amendments and call upon all people to READ the report as it is and give their views,” stated CCM party Director of Elections Albert Kochei
“We should never allow politics to divide us on this document by have an objective view. Let us critic the document and enrich it,” added Kochei
Speaking at the same function, famous Businessman who is also the party’s Secretary-General Bundotich Kiprop alias Buzeki, stated that CCM was in full support of the document since it was advocating for more resources to the county, (from 15 to 30%) something that CCM party had been championing for.
Buzeki, who dumped Ruto’s Tanga-tanga camp to join CCM in 2019, added that Ward Development Funds allocated to counties will further ensure that Mwanachi at the grassroots gets an opportunity to make a critical decision on public funding.
“Today, we met as a section of leaders to add our voice on the recently unveiled BBI report. CCM party appreciates the consideration of our earlier proposals of taking PESA MASHINANI.
The 35% for Counties pegged on the previous years audited revenue is a welcomed proposal. The Ward Development Fund will further ensure that Mwanachi at the grassroots gets an opportunity to make a critical decision on public funding. The provisions on youth support initiatives such as incubation centers and moratorium on loan repayments is encouraging,” read Buzeki’s post.
The CCM party leaders were also joined by other leaders from the Rift Valley region, who seemed to have reconsidered their positions after supporting the region’s kingpin Deputy President William Ruto for a long time.
Among those who were present included, former speaker Albert Kochei, Cherang’any MP Joshua Kutuny as well as former Baringo County Governor Benjamin Cheboi, who was one of William Ruto’s adamant supporter in 2017.