A day after a section of North Rift leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto threatened to stop planned Eldoret BBI meeting, Moiben MP Silas Tiren has come out to rubbish their remarks.
Speaking to Daily Nation on Tuesday, the soft-spoken legislator wondered why the leaders were so vocal against the BBI at the expense of the challenges facing the locals.
“Let the people not look at the political angle of it and use that to discourage others. Why don’t we read this BBI and find out what is it that is in BBI and what we can change?. If we are genuine about changing the lives of our people, let us address the challenges,” stated Tiren.
The MP, who fell out with the DP in 2018 after being ousted out of a parliamentary agricultural committee, challenged the leaders to address agricultural and unemployment challenge in their counties which he said are facing a lot of Kenyanstheir electorates.
“Instead of leaders saying we don’t want this and that, why don’t we all meet and address the issues affecting our people instead? These leaders want to make BBI sound political. Let us go slow and avoid getting annoyed so easily,” added Tiren.
He wondered why those who were against the BBI had been going round the country abusing other leaders without finding any fault in them.
MP Tiren slams DP Ruto's allies for threatening to stop the BBI rallies
Posted by DAILY NATION on Monday, 24 February 2020
He asked the Ruto allies to be patient and concentrated on changing the lives of Kenyans or just step aside and watch them take Kenya to greater heights.
“I think these people are just afraid of corruption issues that the BBI is going to address. If found with any corrupt nature, you should be barred from any office,” stated Tiren.
On Monday, North Rift leaders threatened to block any Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meetings in Eldoret if the tribal rhetoric being preached in the rallies will not cease.
Led by Kapsaret MP Oscar Sudi, the leaders said the communities in Rift Valley have been living peacefully, but some politicians were trying to use BBI to separate them.
“Since President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto agreed to work together in 2012, we have seen tremendous harmony in this region. Even if these two go astray on this agenda, we as the leaders from Uasin Gishu have vowed to ensure that there is peace,” Sudi said.