Just a day after the BBI report was unveiled in Kisii, Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has come out to weigh in on the initiative, saying it should be people-centered and not all about leaders.
Speaking on Wednesday, October 21, during a rally in Matuu, Machakos County, the Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader, just like DP Ruto, stated that Kenyans were not going to endorse the initiative blindly without first interrogating it.
According to Mutua, BBI should not be used by a few individuals to advocate for their 2022 ambitions, rather the report is for the people by the people.
“WE WILL NOT ENDORSE THE BBI REPORT BLINDLYThe BBI process should be for the people and not confined to a select group of individuals hellbent on using it for 2022 political formations,” stated Mutua.
While echoing Deputy President William Ruto’s sentiments, the second term Governor called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to ensure there is a national dialogue involving all leaders and not just the two of them.
According to him, failure to engage and bring all leaders onboard, will result in some few individuals hijacking and benefiting from BBI ahead of 2022.
“I call on the President to ensure a national dialogue involving all leaders in the process and handle perceptions that the process has been hijacked by few selfish individuals keen on benefiting from it,” added Mutua.
The governor, who has already made public his intentions to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022 once his terms come to an end, was in the Eastern town collect views from the residents, which he said will majorly inform his presidential manifestos in 2022.
“I am humbled by the warm reception in Matuu Town as I held a listening tour with Wananchi to collect concerns and ideas that will inform my manifesto ahead of the 2020 presidential elections,” he added.
WE WILL NOT ENDORSE THE BBI REPORT BLINDLY
The BBI process should be for the people and not confined to a select group of individuals hellbent on using it for 2022 political formations. pic.twitter.com/36eOpjQXPp
— Dr. Alfred Mutua (@DrAlfredMutua) October 21, 2020
Mutua’s comments came just a few hours after Deputy President William Ruto, while at a funeral function in Uasin Gishu county, insisted on the need for the head of state to bring all leaders on board to find a common stand on the BBI.
Ruto, while resonating with Mutua, said the report should be all about the common mwanainchi and not sharing positions among leaders. He noted that the report should not be used to divide the nation through Us Vrs Them Narrative, rather a unifying father for all Kenyans.
“If we are genuine about having a united nation, we have had a true consensus that is it must be devoid of division between winners and losers,” said Ruto.
“It must not be a conversation about leaders only. The poor should also be listened to as well. The hustlers want to be listened to and their grievances are taken into consideration,” added Ruto who was speaking at Uhuru grounds in Eldoret during the burial ceremony of Hurama Ward MCA Peter Chomba.