Gov’t Blocks MCAs’ BBI Meeting at Bomas

Government has blocked a Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meeting that was set to be held at Bomas of Kenya.

The meeting organized by the Members of County Assembly (MCAs) was scheduled to take place on Friday, November 13.

However, the government refused to give permission for the meeting citing the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in the country.

“We note your request to be allowed to convene a Special Annual General Meeting on November 13, 2020 at the Bomas of Kenya. However, due to the noticeable surge in Covid-19 infections, the resultant increase in the positivity rate, and with respect to the reviewed protocols and guidelines on the pandemic, your request to convene the meeting has not been granted,” reads the letter by the ministry of Interior dated Wednesday, November 11.

The 2,237 MCAs and 47 assembly speakers from all the counties had planned meet at Bomas to take a common stand on the BBI report.

The MCAs are said to be keen to use their strategic advantage to demand the inclusion of their issues in the final report before bringing it to County Assemblies for discussion.

MCAs will play a big role in the BBI process and for the report to advance to the next stage, it has to be passed by at least 24 county assemblies.

This comes just two days after President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga snubbed Governors retreat in Naivasha on Tuesday, November 10.

The two handshake principals had been slated to attend the closing ceremony of the two-day BBI report closing ceremony but failed to attend.

Their no-show left the county bosses searching for answers since they had confirmed their attendance saying they were going to arrive at the venue.

President Uhuru Kenyatta delivers his State of the Nation address at Parliament in 2018. Photo/Courtesy

Council of Governors Chair Wycliffe Oparanya, downplayed Uhuru and Raila’s absence said they would present the document to the two principals on a later date.

Oparanya dismissed claims that the two leaders had snubbed their meeting.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to address the BBI report concerns when he will be taking upon the stage this afternoon in his second-last State of the Nation address at parliament.

In his last address on the state of Covid-19, the President banned all political rallies for 60 days directing that such meetings should only take place in social halls in strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols.

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