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Western leaders urge Senate to pass BBI Bill

By Obare Osinde | May 9th 2021
ANC Party leader Musalia Mudavadi(right) Kesses MP Swarup Mishra(left) chat in Eldoret on Saturday, May 8, 2021.[Standard]

Political leaders from Western on Friday lauded the passage of BBI Bill by the National Assembly and urged the Senate to endorse the document.

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetang’ula commended the MPs who voted for the BBI, terming the passage historic.

Speaking during the burial of former Provincial Commissioner John Etemesi in Trans Nzoia County, Wetang’ula expressed optimism that the Senate would endorse the Bill on Tuesday next week.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa criticised lawmakers who voted against the Bill or abstained. He termed them “enemies of development”.

Mudavadi said MPs had shown the direction on BBI and the Senate should follow suit, adding that the BBI debate should come to an end at the close of the year to give room for economic issues.

“BBI has consumed most of our time and this debate has to be concluded by the end of the year to give space for other pressing issues,” said Mudavadi.

He said the document is a game-changer that would lead to economic recovery.

Spur development

“BBi will enable Kenyans at the county level to gain from the 35 per cent allocation to spur development. Kenyans will no longer depend on the national government for resources to initiate projects in rural areas,” he said.

Wetang’ula praised MPs for passing the Bill and described the document as a living organ, which though could not satisfy everybody, has room for improvement.

“There will be no more queuing in Nairobi for resources to the counties. Our counties will have enough funds to spur development and fight poverty,” said Wetang’ula.

Wamalwa termed the Yes vote for the BBI as historic.

“It will help create a more inclusive, equitable and prosperous Kenya. Those opposed to the Bill is are enemies of development,” said Wamalwa.

He commended local MPs Chris Wamalwa, Joshua Kuttuny, Caleb Amisi and Ferdinand Wanyonyi for supporting the Bill.

Amisi said that BBI was unstoppable and that it was going to have money trickle to counties to spur development and reduce poverty.

Obare Osinde


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