Another Huge Blow for Raila as Some Luhya MPs Reject BBI

A section of MPs from the Western region, where ODM leader Raila Odinga enjoys majority support, on Friday vowed to reject the proposals by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

The leaders who accompanied Deputy President William Ruto on a tour raised concerns with some of the issues that the BBI report is expected to address including the merging of constituencies.

Speaking in Mumias, Likuyani MP Enoch Kibunguchy said Luyha leaders would not oppose any attempted plans to merge constituencies adding that the community will support DP Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.

On his part, Sirisia MP John Waluke stated that the BBI was formed to satisfy the wishes of a few individuals in the country and not Kenyans as a whole.

“BBI has been brought by one person. We will not accept the country to be driven by one person,” he said adding that he was opposed to the Presidential system of government.

Raila Odinga
ODM Leader Raila Odinga. Luyha MPs have rejected the BBI [Photo, Courtesy]
Waluke added that DP Ruto was the most suitable candidate to take the top job because of his experience working under President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Luyha MPs stand on BBI comes just a day after legislators from Mt Kenya region said they would oppose the initiative’s proposals if they fail to include their views in the final report.

The Central region MPs raised concerns that their constituents will be underrepresented if the BBI report, which is yet to be presented to President Kenyatta is passed.

John Walukhe
Sirisia MP John Walukhe [Photo, Courtesy]
They further demanded that BBI should address fair distribution of resources with regards to the number of people in a given area.

The MPs note that said they shall meet upon the release of the BBI report and thereafter give directions to their supporters based on the recommendations.

On Friday, nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi accused DP Ruto of sponsoring the 40 legislators from Mt Kenya to make their opposition to the Initiative known.

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