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BBI not for politicians but all Kenyans, says DP

By Lydiah Nyawira | February 15th 2020 at 08:55:00 GMT +0300

Deputy President William Ruto (centre) arrives at Giakanja Boys' High School in Nyeri, yesterday. [Kibata Kihu, Standard]

Deputy President William Ruto yesterday asked Kenyans to ensure their views were captured in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) dialogue, noting the process was not exclusively for politicians.

Speaking during a fundraising for a dormitory project at Giakanja Secondary School in Nyeri Town Constituency, the DP said the interests of all Kenyans should be captured in the BBI dialogue.

“Farmers, boda boda operators and traders should have a voice in the BBI dialogue, and those who are preparing that document should listen to everyone who has interest in contributing to nation-building,” he said.

During the fundraiser, the DP was accompanied by County MP Rahab Mukami, MPs Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), Anthony Kiai (Mukurweini) and Gitonga Murugara (Tharaka).

Mr Gachagua noted that he would only support the BBI on condition that it offered a guaranteed minimum return, for farmers. “We shall not support a document that seeks to increase cost of living for Kenyans by creating unnecessary positions in government,” he said.

Mr Muragara said voters had chosen Jubilee government and the handshake was an attempt to bring opposition into government. “Kenyans went to the polls and made it clear they want to be led by Jubilee, but some other leaders are using the ‘back door’ to get into power,” he said. 

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