Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader and 2022 presidential aspirant Alfred Mutua now wants the contentious issues contained in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report resolved before the proposed amendments to the constitution can be subjected to a national referendum.
Making his submissions at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi during the national launch of the BBI report which was graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Mutua warned that failure to accommodate dissenting voices in the proposed amendments to the country’s supreme may not heal the vicious cycle of post-election dissent witnessed over the years.
“My humble plea is that as leaders we need to identify the two or three issues that are of concern and build consensus so that we have a document which is acceptable to all. If we don’t do so, we risk slipping back to what happened after the 2007 general election,” Dr Mutua said.
The Machakos Governor, who has been holding countrywide listening tours to popularize his 2022 presidential bid has been calling for adequate consultations in the ongoing BBI national debate.
Affirming Maendeleo Chap Chap’s support for the constitutional amendment process, Dr Mutua urged Kenyans to shun those peddling propaganda against BBI.
“As Maendeleo Chap Chap we are happy and support the process of BBI. Constitution making is a process. It’s about getting all of us together and improve what we have for the sake of our people,” he said.
Mutua recalled the highly contested 2005 national referendum on constitution which he said may have contributed to the post election chaos of the 2007 polls.
“There was a lot of polarization in our country. The winner takes it all process started at that time which triggered violence,” Mutua observed.
Mutua said Kenyans were tired of living in a country of millions of poor people and a handful of millionaires. He urged the youth to desist from being used by politicians to fan political violence.
His sentiments were echoed by Deputy President William Ruto who termed the process of constitution making work in progress.
“BBI has given us a raft of proposals for us to interrogate and improve. There are, in my opinion several gaps that need to be addressed. We need to interrogate these issues in a fair and transparent manner,” said the DP.