Gusii leaders call for consensus on BBI

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 14:05 |
President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) with ODM leader Raila Odinga (left) and BBI taskforce vice chair Adams Oloo during the handing over of the report at the Kisii State Lodge. Photo/PD/GERALD ITHANA

A section of elected Members of Parliament from Kisii county want leaders from the Gusii community to consult and have a consensus on issues in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

Consequently, the lawmakers - Silvanus Osoro (South Mugirango), Ezekiel Machogu (Nyaribari Masaba), Alfah Miruka (Bomachoge Chache
) and Richard Tong’I (Nyaribari Chache) have urged community members to read the document and understand it.

Speaking during the burial of Tongi’s father, Willingstone Tong’I, 95, at Amariba village on Monday, the leaders said the document is good but requires some changes to make it better.

Miruka said: “Nothing is perfect in the world. BBI has strengths and weaknesses. Let leaders take a stand before they sensitize the public on it."

He added that it was necessary to include the National government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) in the BBI the way it factored in Ward Funds.

The first time legislator lauded the proposal of a five percent Ward Development Fund, saying residents will monitor how the funds will be utilized unlike before when it was handled by the county government.

Osoro, an ally of Deputy President William Ruto challenged leaders from the community to shun hatred, speak with one voice and give the community a direction on the BBI.

He commended the increment of 15 percent to 35  funds to be channeled to counties but challenged Kenyans to ensure the funds have impact on their lives.

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