Leaders drawn from the pastoralist communities have made a sudden u-turn on matters concerning Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.
The leaders under the umbrella of the Pastoralist Parliament Group (PPG), who were initially opposed to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, changed tune and declared their unwavering support for the report after meeting ODM leader Raila Odinga in a Nairobi hotel on Monday, November 9.
Led by Mandera Governor Ali Roba and National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani, the leaders said that they have unanimously resolved to support the BBI report after the former Prime Minister assured them that their concerns would be addressed before the final report is subjected to a national referendum.
The leaders had last week threatened to reject the document if the 10-point issues they wanted to be amended will not be addressed.
“I can confirm to you that we have been deliberating on the matter and we have now resolved to support the BBI in totality. We want to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for having a special place for us in this matter,” said Yatani.
The leaders also agreed to form a technical committee that will liaise with the BBI technical team to address their issues they raised to Raila.
Th PPG team narrowed scaled down their issues to three points that they said would be extending the Equalization Fund for 20 years, establishing the Livestock Marketing Authority and deleting proposed amendment on Article 203 (1) of the Constitution on revenue allocation.
On his side, Raila assured them that the three concerns raised by the pastoralist communities would be adequately addressed.
“The issues that they have raised including revenue sharing, equalization fund, livestock marketing authority among others will be taken on board once the technical team irons out them.”
“Pastoralist areas are rich in resources and have the potential for tourism and other businesses. Infrastructure is also critical in these areas because these regions have been subjected to marginalisation for a long time,” he said.
Also Present at the meeting was Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina who has been at the forefront in criticizing the report.