The benefits of passing the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) referendum far outweigh the costs that its detractors keep citing on street rallies, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said in defense of his constitutional review project.
"You are being fooled by being told this thing (BBI) is for Raila. If we allocate more money to Kiambu or Kirinyaga counties, are they neighbours of Raila? Let us not politicize BBI," President Kenyatta said on Monday morning, January 18.
The Head of State was addressing Mt Kenya residents on Kikuyu vernacular stations, including Kameme FM, Coro FM and Inooro FM, as he seeks to persuade his political backyard following reports of lukewarm reception in the region.
Kenyatta urged Mt Kenya residents to support the BBI initiative, saying it will ensure the equitable distribution of resources as well as unite the country which has been rocked by cyclical waves of post-election tension and chaos every five years.
"We have the power to unite the country and ensure lasting peace in the country. That's my commitment," said the President.
Responding to critics, President Kenyatta said those opposed to the BBI law change review have resorted to dirty politics in the faint hope that he would send the police to arrest them to further their ill-advised cause.
"Continue abusing me, I am the President until I finish my term. Abuse is nothing to me but try bringing chaos and see come true what I said in Kakamega to confuse a rained on lion for a cat," Kenyatta warned.
He also cautioned Kenyans against the uncritical acceptance of the dynasty vis-à-vis hustler narrative, warning such characterization of people is deeply divisive and only aids in entrenching hostilities and sparking a class war.