Activists want BBI report subjected to civic education

The National Coordinator of the National IDPs network addressing journalists in Kitale. Photo/Aspect News

Rights activists in Trans Nzoia County have called on government to set up a civic education programme to enlighten Kenyans on the recommendations of the Building Bridges initiative (BBI) report.

The National Coordinator of the Internally Displaced Persons Network Raphael Eyanai said civic education would be instrumental in ensuring Kenyans clearly understand the recommendations therein.

“Civic education will ensure those that can’t read nor write and those that can’t comprehend the technical language of the report are well informed to make sound judgement,” Mr. Eyanai spoke in Kitale.

He said a failure to subject the report to civic education will see Kenyans fall prey to hoodwink by the politicians they support who will influence their choices in the event of a referendum.

Mr. Eyanai said the civic education exercise can be rolled out at the ward level by incorporating faith based organizations and civil societies to guarantee effective public participation.

Elsewhere, Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi has joined the bandwagon of leaders who are advocating for the implementation of the report to be done at the national assembly level.

“Subjecting the report to a referendum will be very costly to the taxpayer and might polarize the country on political lines which is not good owing to the proximity to the 2022 general elections,” said Mr. Wanyonyi.

The legislator called on National assembly Speaker Justin Muturi to refrain from making public comments about the report with respect to the direction it should take saying he should be neutral.

A section of youths in the region have taken issue with the report saying the recommendations that are perceived to favour the youths on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) may not be practical.

“The 7 year tax holiday proposal for youth startup business may not help much since the cost of production has been on an upward scale judging by the recent statistics,” said Mr. Samson Some, a marketer.