Surprise twist as pro-Ruto county unanimously backs BBI Bill

Surprise twist as pro-Ruto county unanimously backs BBI Bill
File Photo of the Bomet County Assembly in session.

Bomet County on Tuesday evening pulled a surprise outcome after the assembly passed the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill despite the region being regarded as Deputy President William Ruto’s stronghold.

The county had been widely expected to follow in the footsteps of Baringo and reject the document, but the MCAs said the BBI document addressed the concerns of their voters.

For Bomet County Assembly, the loud affirmative voices of those who voted “aye” outweighed the shrinking voices of those who still held to the opinion of voting “nay.”

According to Samuel Keter, Rongena/Manaret Ward MCA, “I have been in touch with my people on the ground and they have already decided that this document is good for posterity.”

Weldon Kirui, Kipsonoi MCA, said; “We’re not making any political statement, but we are seeing the document for being the pro-people of Bomet.”

For those who voted for the BBI bill, the document entailed issues that mattered most to the county,making it hard to reject it.

Unlike other counties which opted to take their time debating specific aspects of the bill, the Bomet County assembly opted to do it quick and fast.

It is unclear how many MCAs voted for or against as the bill as it was passed by acclamation.

KANU Secretary General Nick Salat, who hails from the county, lauded  the move by the Members of County Assembly.

So far only Baringo County has voted against the BBI Bill. All eyes now on counties such as Kericho, Uasin Gishu, Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet where the deputy president also enjoys massive following.

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