MPs, MCAs Boycott Waiguru's BBI Meeting

  • Kirinyaga deputy governor Peter Ndambiri (Left) and governor Ann Waiguru (Second left) during a BBI consultative meeting at Kirinyaga Townhall grounds on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
    Kirinyaga deputy governor Peter Ndambiri (Left) and governor Ann Waiguru (Second left) during a BBI consultative meeting at Kirinyaga Townhall grounds on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
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  • All Members of Parliament, the senator and the majority of MCAs from Kirinyaga failed to attend a BBI meeting organised by Governor Anne Waiguru.

    Waiguru led the meeting and was accompanied by Deputy Governor Peter Ndambiri and a handful of MCAs.

    A correspondent told Kenyans.co.ke that in the meeting, only four out of 33 MCAs were present.

    Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru and deputy governor Peter Ndambiri arrive for the BBI consultative meeting at Kirinyaga Townhall grounds on Thursday, February 27,2020.
    Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru and deputy governor Peter Ndambiri arrive for the BBI consultative meeting at Kirinyaga Townhall grounds on Thursday, February 27,2020.
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    “The four constituencies have not been represented despite earlier indications that all leaders in the county would be present to strengthen the BBI campaign.

    “We have empty seats at the front line, with the governor only accompanied by her deputy Peter Ndambiri and only four MCAs,” remarked the reporter.

    Among those absent include Mwea MP Kabinga wa Thayu, Gichugu MP Robert Gichimu, Ndia MP George Kariuki, Kirinyaga Central MP John Munene and Senator Charles Kibiru.

    Ndia legislator Kariuki indicated that the governor had not involved them in the planning of the meeting in any way.

    He added that Waiguru took it upon herself to move the BBI agenda in Kirinyaga County without involving the lawmakers from the four constituencies.

    During the meeting, Governor Waiguru urged Kirinyaga residents to participate fully in ensuring their views are fully aired.

    On Wednesday, February 26, Nyeri County leaders held a similar meeting where local leaders and residents joined hands in giving their views on the BBI report at the ACK St. Peters Hall.

    Among leaders present included Governor Mutahi Kahiga, Deputy Governor Caroline Karugu, Kieni MP Kanini Kega, Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu amongst others.

    However, the meeting was briefly interrupted for about 30 minutes as some members of the public demanded more copies of the BBI report.

    Through a statement, the County Government of Nyeri stated that the residents were supportive of the report. 

    The statement also highlighted that BBI was a good initiative that promoted national unity and cohesion. 

    In addition, the initiative was lauded as a program that would improve economic development, foster devolution and increase resources allocated to the counties from 15% to 35%.

    Kirinyaga county residents attend a BBI consultative meeting at Kirinyaga Townhall grounds on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
    Kirinyaga county residents attend a BBI consultative meeting at Kirinyaga Townhall grounds on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
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