DP Ruto's Allies Surprise Move After Mombasa Humiliation

  • Jubilee Party-allied legislators who had gone down to Naivasha for a retreat, on Monday, January 27, came out with fresh demands regarding all future BBI rallies, going on to announce that they would be adding several more rallies to raise awareness on the contents of the BBI report.

    Addressing the media after their meeting, Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, announced that despite being humiliated in the recent Mombasa rally, they were going to organising future BBI rallies across the 47 counties. 

    "We propose additional rallies, to facilitate greater participation and inclusivity, so as to promote a wider understanding of the BBI document and its capture of people-centered issues.

    "We were in Mombasa in huge numbers even if we were not recognized. Some of us were not given the chance to be recognized (sic) but we will be in the next meeting which we are told will be in either Kitui, Embu or Meru," he explained.

    Jubilee Party legislators pictured during their retreat in Naivasha on January 27, 2020.

    Murkomen insisted that the surprise announcement of Jubilee-led BBI rallies was only aimed at enhancing unity among the political divides.

    "We have ended the entire discussion of 'us versus them', we welcome everybody to our Nakuru meeting including the 2013 presidential candidate under Alliance of Real Change party, Abduba Dida," he added.

    When quizzed by members of the press on how the extra rallies would be funded, the Elgeyo Marakwet Senator remained coy, going on to announce that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, were among the leaders invited to the Nakuru rally.

    "We are enhancing the number of rallies for everybody. We welcome everybody. We welcome the president, his deputy, the leader of the opposition, the former prime minister, the leader of different political parties and all other leaders because we are looking to build bridges of friendship," the Elgeyo Marakwet senator declared.

    Saku MP, Dida Raso, read out a statement following the meeting in which they ordered BBI taskforce chair, Yusuf Haji, to share the schedule for future BBI rallies across all counties so that they could also plan their own meetings accordingly.

    "We, therefore, wish to announce the first rally of this team, the BBI, on February 8, in the great town of Nakuru, to be followed by subsequent rallies. We will be issuing further dates in due course as they will be proposed by our leaders," the legislator announced.

    The group was unified in declaring that there would be no clash in terms of scheduling as they would make sure that no rallies would be slated on the same day.

    "There is no parallel BBI rally, there will be only one such rally at any given time. We shall be in the next meeting which we informed would be in either Kitui or Meru," Murkomen reiterated.

    Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (l) and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.