Wiper Deputy Party leader Farah Maalim on Thursday, November 26, caused a storm after he appeared to have changed tune on the BBI proposals a day after representing his party leader Kalonzo Musyoka at the signature collection event a day before.
Maalim signed on behalf of Kalonzo, who was out of the country. In a statement, however, noted that his region had been shortchanged in the amendments adding that the 'BBI was a fraud, a joke and designed to demolish bridges instead of building them.'
He alleged that the distribution of the new seats favoured some communities while marginalising others.Wiper Deputy Party Leader Farah Maalim (right) with MP Junet Mohammed at BBI Signature collection event at KICC on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
"How do you give one additional seat to almost one half of the landmass of the country and about 30 seats to one community? This is not what we were made to believe up to the last minute. Dishonesty!
"We expected in the very least North Horr, Ijara, and Wajir South-to have a slot each. That’s less than 5% of the total of 70. Look at the unimaginable greed and somebody talks of uniting Kenyans," he claimed.
His sentiments were contrasting his actions at KICC where he represented Kalonzo as the Wiper deputy party leader.
The former Vice President is currently in DR Congo where he is acting as a mediator between two wrangling sides in the ruling coalition. He held separate meetings with former President Joseph Kabila, and later with his successor Felix Tshisekedi.
Maalim's post appeared to have rattled many with some asking why he was at the event if he did not agree with the proposals in the document.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen took notice of the contrast in opinions.
"Can someone please share with me the picture of the real Farah Maalim representing his Party Leader majestically walking to the big stage to sign the BBI Amendment Bill?
"I even saw him singing “nobody can stop reggae..” What’s going in Kenya," he noted.
Other leaders who were present at the signing ceremony including Ford Kenya's Moses praised the document with the Bungoma Senator stating that it was a great improvement from the one launched at Bomas.
"Most of the issues I, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior and Farah Maalim presented from party leaders' meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta have been captured. I urge Kenyans to support it," he stated.
Similarly, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi expressed his support for the amendments.ANC Party leader Musalia Mudavadi and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula in a meeting with ANC and Ford Kenya MPs on June 12, 2020File
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