KISUMU, Kenya, Jan 9 – Kisumu County is set to ferry 2,000 participants to Kisii on Friday where a regional consultative forum on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report is set to be discussed.
Governor Anyang Nyong’o made the announcement on Thursday affirming his administration’s commitment to the constitutional review process through BBI, a unity initiative between his party leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Delegates will discuss a 156-page report released by the BBI taskforce in November 2019.
Nyong’o said the county fully supports BBI which he said had brought peace and harmony in the country but insisted that the resultant constitutional review process must be undertaken 5through a popular initiative.
He urged the government to gazette a technical team to spearhead BBI to its logical conclusion.
“We support the referendum as the only means of affecting the various recommendations touching on the Constitution particularly the governance structure,” he said.
Nyong’o the team should now be ready to take amendments from Kenyans on BBI before the production of the final product.
The Governor said the leaders have resolved to mobilize the electorates to actively participate in the BBI consultations.
Kisumu West MP Olago Aluoch proposed for an earlier referendum since holding it towards the election in 2022 will polarize the country.
“If we have it too close to the election, it is bound to divide the country,” he said.
Olago said the Friday consultative forum is a multi and by partisan approach to BBI.
“Tomorrow we go to Kisii as stakeholders and supporters of BBI from the county of Kisumu, party for the time being we are putting a side,” he said.
Nyanza MPs caucus Chairperson James Nyikal said the consultative forum will give the people of Nyanza region to give their finals inputs to the BBI document.
The Seme MP as a region they will represent a detailed amendment report to the technical team once it’s formed and gazetted.
“So tomorrow is basically to get a general agreement and listen to what people are saying, we have heard what you have, we will hear what the other counties will say,” he said.
Governor Nyong’o further noted that the Kisii meeting will come up with a system of governance which avoids violence, conflicts, misery, more tribalism and avoid winner takes it all.
Nyong’o, Aluoch and Nyikal was accompanied by Senator Rose Nyamunga, Nyakach MP Aduma Owuor and a section of Kisumu Members of County Assembly.