In Summary
  • Governor Waiguru said the leaders are also preparing a memorandum on the issues they want captured.
  • Governor Mutahi Kahiga told critics of the BBI process to join its proponents and fight from within.
  • The governors also condemned political formations in the region saying this has led to physical confrontations.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Mt Kenya backyard will take a common stand on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) recommendations before the end of the month after an attempt to convene a meeting last December failed.

The 10 governors of Embu, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Laikipia, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Meru, Murang’a and Tharaka-Nithi have announced that they will spearhead a regional leaders’ conference so that they can speak with one voice.

Speaking at Nairobi’s Panafric Hotel on Monday, the governors said they will invite like-minded leaders from the region for the planned consultative forum where issues like amendment of the current system of government will be debated.

COMMON POSITION

“We support the BBI but we have some desired amendments (in its recommendations). We will take a common position on it after having a discussion as a region,” Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia said.

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru said the leaders are also preparing a memorandum on the issues they want captured in the second phase of public participation and final report.

“We want our views to be incorporated because we believe BBI will make lives better for Central Kenya people. We will also distribute booklets,” said Ms Waiguru, who is an ardent advocate of the return of the office of prime minister with two deputies.

According to her, this will distribute positions

to various communities at the national level unlike the situation now where the presidency is shared between two communities only.

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