Moses Kuria's Brother: Why I'm Going Against My Blood on BBI

  • Ngigi Kariuki speaks to the press on Monday, November 30
    Ngigi Kariuki speaks to the press on Monday, November 30
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  • Ngigi Kuria, the brother to Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, is leading residents in the area in appending signatures in support of the BBI constitutional reform process.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Ngigi, who is also a Chief Officer in Kiambu County Government, stated that he strongly believed that it was the right time for the constitution to be changed.

    "Matters constitution should come from the heart and what you believe in. I believe that the change of the constitution is ripe and it is a concern that has been bothering mwananchi. If Moses Kuria says 'no', then it is up to him but on my side, I am supporting it," Ngigi stated.

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    Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria addresses a gathering in July 2020
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    However, Ngigi stated that he would support his brother if he vied for an elective seat in 2022 but maintained that he had a different view on the change of the constitution.

    "It is not a matter of the family, it is a matter of your heart and what I believe in. If he vies again for the parliamentary seat, I will still support him but on matters constitution, I am on the opposite side," he declared.

    On his part, the Gatundu South MP has repeatedly criticised a number of proposals made in the report.

    "Unless the BBI Constitution Amendment Bill is revised to remove the creation of a 640 Member parliament- including nomination of 180 women MPs - me and my house will vote NO. I urge all my friends and supporters to do the same. This economy is in ICU," the MP announced in a statement issued on Sunday, November 29. 

    Recently, the vocal MP threatened to join the no campaign against the report, stating that it did not include issues affecting the common Kenyans.

    As of Monday, November 30, the team leading in the collection of the BBI signatures revealed that it had collected a total of 1.5 million signatures in five days.

    "We are happy to report that the exercise has taken off well and is running smoothly. Kenyans have welcomed the bill with a lot of enthusiasm, and they are eager to support the envisaged referendum.

    "As at the close of the day yesterday, 1.5 million registered voters had appended their signatures in support of the BBI and we have every reason to believe we will surpass two million by the end of today. We, therefore, project that we shall be done with the exercise by the end of the week and move to the next step," read the statement in part.

    The team further appealed to those opposed to the proposal to read and understand the document before making a final decision.

    Ngigi Kariuki leads Gatundu South residents in appending signatures in support of the BBI on Monday, November 30
    Ngigi Kariuki leads Gatundu South residents in appending signatures in support of the BBI on Monday, November 30
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