‘Handshake’ MPs Outline Next Steps After BBI Release

Members of Parliament (MPs), who support the handshake, have urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to set up an implementation committee to ensure that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) which was launched on Wednesday to move forward.

The MPs, led by Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, said the committee will make recommendations on areas that need to be changed paving way for a referendum.

“We urge the president to set up an implementation committee to ensure this report now moves to the next step. This committee will flag the relevant issues that need amendment so that Kenyans can start organizing themselves on how to make the decisions that need to be made on each issue. All further conversations and work on this document should, therefore, be about how to implement the proposals of the people” they said in a statement sent to newsrooms.

Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu addressing the press at Parliament Buildings on 28/11/2019 [Photo, Courtesy]
The legislators also warned politicians against hijacking the BBI process with the aim of dividing Kenyans.

“Like President Uhuru Kenyatta and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga said yesterday we urge all Kenyans to own this report and not allow politicians to try and hijack it. We also urge our fellow politicians and members of the political elite to avoid the temptation to try to drive it, or to try and use it to divide Kenyans”

They insisted that the process must continue to be driven by the people and “politicians must ensure we do not try and run away with it. We must let the people decide. BBI is the people’s report not the elite people/politician’s report” they said.

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Homabay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga addressing the press [Photo, Courtesy]
They urged Kenyans to read the report and get to know its proposals.

“We urge all Kenyans to read this report, for themselves. We especially note the tax holiday proposal for youth-owned businesses, biashara mashinani policies, the buy-Kenya-build Kenya proposals, the one man-one vote-one shilling principle, etc. All these are good proposals, and there are many more”


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