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2022 succession, BBI among key agendas in GEMA meeting

President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives at Sagana on Friday, November 15, 2019.Image: COURTESY

By Mkarimu Media

The 2022 succession politics and the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) campaign were among the main agendas when President Uhuru Kenyatta toured Sagana Lodge in Nyeri to meet Mt. Kenya leaders.

Uhuru broke his silence saying that he has neither dumped deputy president William Ruto nor promised Opposition leader Raila Odinga the ‘big seat’.

The president said his relationship with Raila was limited to the peace of the country.

“When I talk to this other man (Raila), I never tell him that we are talking so that he can get a big position. I tell him that we are talking because of the peace of this country and the future of our children,” Uhuru said.

Uhuru was reacting to his political critics who have always wanted him to declare his political stand regarding 2022 succession. He told them to otherwise focus on development of the country.

“Election time will come. But have you ever heard me say that I have left my party and gone to another one? Have you ever heard me say that you should elect this one and not this other one? Why do some people think that they should remind me every morning? Who has asked you?” he said adding, “We have mentioned miraa, pyrethrum, coffee, tea, cotton, milk, and those are our problems. I wonder when shall we help our people? They only talk about 2022 and abuse each other.”

On BBI, the president urged the leaders to support the report saying its the fruit of the handshake.

He promised to make it public ones he receives the report where the electorates will make their own decision.

The Building Bridges Initiative task force three weeks ago completed filing its report after collecting views from Kenyans across the country.

The task force held its last formal sitting at the task force secretariat where they finalised the report and communicated to the President’s office.

“The joint secretaries have officially communicated to the office of the President that the Building Bridges Initiative report is ready for handing over to the President,” part of joint task force statement signed by BBI joint secretaries Paul Mwangi and Martin Kimani read.

The task force said that they have already received word that the handover will be scheduled at the first available opportunity.

According to the task force, the views to be presented to the President takes into account the views of Kenyans from the 47 counties including testimonies and petitions from the professional bodies.

The views were also collected from the constitutional commissions, civil society organisations, religious leaders and associations, business associations and business leaders.

“Elected leaders including governors, deputy governors, Senators, MPs and MCAs were also given the opportunity to give their views,” the statement read.

Source: Mkarimu Media and Agencies

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