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BBI death was a big loss for Mt Kenya, Uhuru tells locals

President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks during the inspection of the ongoing expansion of the 84km Kenol-Sagana-Marua highway. [PSCU, Standard]

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday regretted the scuttling of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) saying it would have been the national panacea to the skewed distribution of national resources to counties and constituencies.

Speaking at Kenol town when he commissioned the ongoing Kenol-Sagana-Marua dual carriageway on the Great North road, Uhuru said the constitutional reform process was politicised due to selfish interests spearheaded by some political hypocrites.

He also pleaded with Mt Kenya residents to back Raila Odinga whom he described as a "honest statesman."

“Students in Maragua Constituency get as low as Sh2,000 from the constituency bursary kitty, while we have other areas in this country where they are getting Sh50,000 each and even sometimes facilitated by county governments to study abroad,” observed Uhuru.

He said Maragua would have been among the constituencies that would have been split to two if the BBI was passed.

Maragua with a population of 400,000 people, is allocated Sh100 million under the National Government Constituency Bursary Fund, same as some constituencies with 50,000 people.

"Blame the downfall of the BBI on leaders who walked out of the government," he said in a jibe aimed at his deputy William Ruto.

“After they deserted the government duties I never appointed other people, but went ahead with those who were left behind.”

With the elections a few hours away, he thanked Kenyans for giving him a chance to lead them for 10 years.

He said the handshake pact with Raila helped him develop the country as he pledged when he took power in 2013.

He regretted that some of the leaders allied to the deputy president who he had campaigned for over the years were at the forefront of hurling insults at him.

The president was with among others Transport CS James Macharia and Murang'a Governor Mwangi wa Iria.

“It is a shame that only residents in this region who have been pressured to belittle the Head of State who is an elder,” said Wa Iria, urging region to votes for Raila.

President Uhuru then proceeded to Nyeri County where he commissioned the Mwai Kibaki Hospital which is a Level Six facility under Kenyatta National Referral Hospital.

He was accompanied by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, former Nyeri MP Esther Murugi, and Jubilee aspirants Ephraim Maina (Governor), Priscillah Nyokabi (Senator) and Gichuki Mugambi (MP).

Speaking in Nyeri to residents he said the facility was a completion of former President Mwai Kibaki's legacy for the region.

"I inherited this project from my predecessor Kibaki it was his dream and I have done my part to complete it and the work should continue to expand," he said, adding that the facility would be expanded to include an MRI and CT scan centre and become the largest hospital in the country.

Drumming up support for Azimio la Umoja Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga and Martha Karua he asked voters cast their ballots for the duo come August 9.

"My vote is for Baba and Martha because I want to see development, peace and progress for this nation," he said.

The President called for a peaceful election and for Kenyans to vote for the people who would ensure the country remained peaceful.

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