The National Assembly Majority Leader and Garissa Township MP Aden Duale has dismissed the nationwide Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) popularization rallies, saying that the process has now been hijacked by the political class.
Duale in his Facebook page said that the rallies were "creating a lot of confusion, disunity, ethnic profiling."
“The BBI as initiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta was an all-inclusive process with the sole purpose of unifying our people, building a cohesive prosperous nation, eliminating the cancer of corruption, addressing historical injustices, introducing an all-inclusive accountable governance structure and creating a national ethos and that was to be the single most important legacy of President Kenyatta. As one of the leaders of Jubilee, I support the president’s initiative,” read part of his post.
“As a representative of the people, I support BBI Bomas’ report fully with little validation on the chapter on representation and specifically on resource allocation formula for county governments. We will agree as leaders how to strike a balance between populations and land mass as formula for resources allocation and delimitation of electoral units as we did in 2010 constitution (article 89) making process and the pastorals leadership will make a case for it when we appear before BBI validation forum on Tuesday next week,” it added.
He said as the country embarks on BBI national validation forums, leaders must deliver services to the people as a part of our mandate in areas of water, security, education, infrastructure, health, paying pending bills and not use BBI as a reason to run away from accountability and service delivery.
Duale said that as the leader of majority of the Jubilee Party, who mandate is to introduce Government agenda into the House, he will only attend the BBI rallies "if President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP Ruto, who also doubles up as our party leader, attend."
He said that the rallies should be devoid of divisive and hate messages, insults and political competition which are of no value to ordinary citizens.
The Garissa Township MP said he will present the views of his people to the legally recognized BBI validation forum as per presidential gazette notice 264 of 3/1/2020, and make his contribution eventually when the process comes to Parliament and the people in accordance with articles 256/257 of the constitution’.
“Currently my tray is full with Parliament budgetary process. The people of North Eastern are facing a lot of problems from insecurity, schools being closed down to census issues which the highest level of Government is addressing. These are my primary priorities for now,” he said.