Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria on Sunday, January 12 offered to print campaign materials including posters and T-shirts for opposition leader Raila Odinga, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i and Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru ahead of the 2022 General Election.
Speaking in Narok County where he had accompanied Deputy President William Ruto for the opening of Olerai Bethel Africa Gospel Church, Kuria maintained that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) consultative meeting held in Kisii County on Friday, January 10, was an ODM campaign event.
"What I saw in Kisii had nothing to do with BBI. It was the launch of a presidential campaign for 2022.
"I saw a line-up with Raila, and then we were told his Prime Minister will be Matiang'i and his running-mate Waiguru... Don't mix this with BBI, if this is the ticket then I offer to print posters and T-shirts of Raila, Matiang'i and Waiguru free of charge," Kuria stated.
Kuria claimed that he was shown the BBI proceedings while still in police custody, having only been released on Saturday, January 11, following his arrest for alleged assault.
He echoed Ruto's sentiments with the Deputy President dismissing the BBI meetings as a waste of public resources and a ploy by ODM to craft their line-up for the 2022 elections.
"It (BBI) is threatening to stall government programs because of the confusion it has brought. A lot of effort is being made to divide Jubilee using this BBI and handshake.
"If ODM are not interested in uniting the nation, if they have retreated and want to hijack this process for their strategy, we want to tell them as Jubilee we are focused on uniting the country, the Big 4 Agenda and the Jubilee manifesto that has been transforming Kenya," Ruto stated at the same event.
Leaders who spoke at the event, mostly allied to the Deputy President, reiterated the message that public funds being channeled towards the BBI meetings could be better spent in other areas.
"They went for the BBI meeting the other day with 15 helicopters while the mwananchi is suffering. Why can't we help the people?" posed Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri.
Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa called for copies of the BBI report to be printed and distributed across the country as opposed to having the regional consultative meetings.
"We are being lied to that BBI meetings are about uniting Kenya but the truth is that they are building coalitions for their 2022 elections...
"All we are asking for is to print copies of the BBI report for the citizens to read for themselves...If it is money they are lacking let them use the public funds used for the Kisii meeting" he asserted.
Other leaders present at the event included Kimilili MP Didmus Baraza and Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Shollei.
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