BBI should not be forced on Kenyans, Chesang says


BBI should not be forced on Kenyans, Chesang says
Kwanza Constituency Parliamentary aspirant Allan Chesang. PHOTO| COURTESY

The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report continues to elicit debate with political leaders raising various concerns.

In a statement on Sunday, Kwanza Constituency Parliamentary aspirant Allan Chesang said the BBI should be about dealing with inequality and improving Kenyans welfare.

According to Chesang, the bridges that need to be built are “bridges between the rich and poor.”

“The real bridges that need to be built are bridges between the rich and the poor. The Kenyan people are already united in suffering,” he said.

“It is the politicians who divide us during the election time. The process of choosing a leader should be like that of choosing a wife. Things should not be forced.”

Last week President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed a 14-member committee that is expected to oversee implementation of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

The committee will be required to conduct a validation of the BBI report through consultations with citizens, civil society, the faith-based organizations, cultural leaders, the private sector, and experts.

“IT IS notified for general information of the public that His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, has appointed the Steering Committee on the Implementation of the Building Bridges to a United Kenya Taskforce Report,” reads a gazette notice dated January 10, 2020.

After consultations with various stakeholders, the steering committee is expected to come up with proposals that ought to be made to pave the way for implementation of the BBI report.

According to the Gazette notice, the Steering Committee shall submit its “comprehensive advice to the Government by June 30, 2020 or such a date as the President may, by notice in the Gazette, prescribe.”

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