Kang'ata Mocked After Murang'a BBI Vote

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    Deputy President William Ruto (centre) with his allies at a rally in Kiambu County on Friday, February 12, 2021
  • Murang’a Senator, Irungu Kang’ata  on Tuesday, February 13 faced backlash after the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Referendum Bill was passed unanimously in his own backyard.

    Kang'ata has been slammed because he wrote a letter to the president warning him that people from the Mt Kenya region opposed the BBI process. 

    Murang’a County was the first to give the BBI bill a green light in Mount Kenya in a unanimous vote witnessed by area governor - Mwangi Wa Iria. 

    Senate Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang'ata addresses journalist in 2019
    Senate Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang'ata addresses journalist in 2019

    ODM leader, Raila Odinga's aide Silas Jakakimba questioned the research done by Kang’ata before he penned down the letter to the president.

    “Murang’a county assembly, where my class-mate Sen. @HonKangata did some 'verandah research', has UNANIMOUSLY approved and passed the BBI Bill by 53 to 0 votes. That's how the ground is,” Jakakimba remarked.

    A section of Kenyans accused Kang'ata of exempting 'the will of the MCAs' and only included the will of the people when he wrote the letter warning the president.

    ''Murang'a County assembly has unanimously voted YES to the BBI bill. Then, what was @HonKangata's controversial letter based on? As well as' the will of the people,' the letter should have factored in the 'will of the MCA's’. We move on'' said a Kenyan by the name Thuranira Kimungi.

    Murang’a MCAs chanted “Kang’ata Must Go!’’ Slogan moments after they debated and passed the amendment bill.

    Moses Kuria also had part of his share in the mockery because of a list he released a while back that contained the number of counties that would vote against the BBI bill.

    Moses Kuria List
    Gatundu MP's List of Counties That Won't Pass the BBI posted on February 14, 2020

    “The list Moses Kuria posted a while back on how BBI would fail in the county assemblies. Proved wrong and trashed," blogger Polycarp Hinga stated. 

    The BBI bill has been approved in nearly 30 counties, surpassing the threshold required (24) to proceed to a national referendum vote. The next stage will see the bill move to Parliament for the final vote ahead of the IEBC proceeding to craft the referendum question. 

    "We have 25 County Assemblies who have passed the BBI Bill and still counting," BBI Secretariat Co-Chair Dennis Waweru celebrated.