Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has vowed to block any attempts by the BBI team to collect signatures in his county.
Sang, who was speaking on Monday at a function in Nandi, questioned why the government was hell-bent on acquiring the signatures at a time the country is ailing from the covid-19 pandemic.
The seemingly agitated governor communicated that the government should instead be concentrating on availing the NHIF health insurance to cover all covid-19 expenditures, adding that Kenyans were suffering from the high costs of treatment.
At the same time, the first-term governor warned President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM party leader Raila Odinga’s associates to stay away from Nandi in their nationwide one-million signature collection aimed at facilitating a referendum that will introduce constitutional amendments proposed by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) team.
Sang vowed to block and chase out any BBI agent from collecting signatures in his county, saying that was not a priority to Nandi residents.
“It is unfortunate that the nation is living its own people at the mercy of this pandemic while spending an untold amount of resources to campaign for a document which is not necessary at the moment. I want to say that in Nandi county, we will not agree nor accept those signatures. Mtu hasijaribu kuja kutafta signatures hapa… Hakuna mtu atapatiana!,” stated Sang.
The furious governor alleged that the positions of the Prime Minister and the two deputies were not a priority to his county mates, adding that they will only welcome any efforts to help curb the pandemic from spreading further.
Sang lashed out at the BBI core principals saying they should instead divert the huge amount of money set aside for the BBI referendum on the Health sector to equip medical personnel as well as constructing more ICU facilities.
“President Kenyatta should re-organize his priorities and champion for NHIF covers rather than campaigns for BBI and referendum. Let us spend those billions on the health sector,” Sang urged.
The governor’s sentiments come at a time Deputy President William Ruto and his allies have called for a consensus to come out with a win-win non-contested referendum
The DP has urged his own government to shelve plans to change the constitution without taking all reservations into considerations, saying that will lead to a divisive referendum process that cannot be used to achieve a united country.