Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria has claimed that Parliament and Senate will not burden Kenyans with a useless referendum to pass the proposals by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.
Kuria, in a Facebook post, said the billions that will be used for the referendum should be channelled to fund the Big 4 Agenda and pay off the country’s debts.
The legislator, in an earlier post, also opposed the formation of a committee of experts to look at contentious issues on the BBI report.
The Gatundu South MP stand on the referendum and committee puts him at loggerheads with his counterparts who advocate for the same.
On Thursday, MPs, who support the handshake, urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to set up an implementation committee to make recommendations on areas that need to be changed giving way for a referendum.
Led by Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, they urged all Kenyans to own the report while at the same time warned politicians not 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 said in a statement to newsrooms.
They insisted that the process must continue to be driven by the people while highlighting that “BBI is the people’s report not the elite people/politician’s report” they said”.
The MPs position reflects that of Orange Democratic Movement boss Raila Odinga who insists that the process must be people owned and will not be taken to Parliament.
Raila, who spoke during the launch of new ODM offices in Nairobi on Thursday said: “This process must be people owned. It will not be taken to Parliament. It will remain with the people to the end”.