Leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto’s Tanga Tanga political faction were on Wednesday denied a chance to speak during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative(Report) report at the Bomas of Kenya.
Surprisingly, Orange Democratic Member(ODM) party Director of Elections Junet Mohamed was given the opportunity to invite a host of leaders to address the attendees.
An analysis of those who had an opportunity to speak paints a picture of a section of leaders who were solidly behind the BBI course.
To represent female leaders, MPs Sabina Chege and Gladys Wanga, both allied to Team Embrace, were given the platform to address the congregation.
On behalf of female Governors, Kitui County boss Charity Ngilu and her Kirinyaga counterpart Anne Waiguru, both who solidly supported the BBI, addressed the gathering.
ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya Moses Wetangula and their KANU counterpart Gideon Moi were also included in the speaker’s list.
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Governor Hassan Ali Joho(Mombasa), Kiraitu Murung(Meru), Mike Sonko(Nairobi) and Chairman of the council of Governor’s chair Wycliffe Oparanya also addressed the delegation.
Trade Unionist Francis Atwoli another ardent champion of the BBI also addressed the attendees.
Senate and National Assembly Majority Leaders Kipchumba Murkomen and Aden Duale respectively were the only close Ruto’s allies that spoke by virtue of their position in the two assemblies.
The move to sideline the Tanga Tanga members attracted criticism from Murkomen and Governor Sonko who castigated the planners of the event.