Ford Kenya leaders Want BBI Funds Refunded

Ford Kenya Secretary General Chris Wamalwa calling for a refund of funds utilised during the Building Bridges Initiative. Photo/Aspect News

Ford Kenya Secretary General Dr. Chris Wamalwa has echoed calls by some leaders on president Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga to account for funds spent on the constitutional amendment process which has been declared null and void.

The Supreme Court put an end to the legal efforts aimed at resuscitating the process dubbed the building bridges initiative (BBI) which had been outlawed by the High court and the court of appeal respectively.

Dr. Wamalwa wants Article 226, section 5 of the Kenyan law to be invoked. The section states that If the holder of a public office, including a political office, directs or approves the use of public funds contrary to law or instructions, the person is liable for any loss arising from that use and shall make good the loss, whether the person remains the holder of the office or not.

“The president and his ally should refund the funds to be channeled towards addressing famine in arid parts of the country and to address the rising cost of living that is burdening Kenyans,” he said.

The party’s attorney who is eyeing the Cherang’any parliamentary seat Benson Milimo said the judgement by the Supreme Court is historic since it restored the image of the Judiciary as an independent arm of government.

“This judgement will form precedence that will be referenced by other jurisdictions within the African continent and beyond. I commend the chief justice for restoring the sanctity of our constitution,” said Mr. Milimo.

The party’s woman representative hopeful Susan Nakhumicha said the chief justice has demonstrated that women in leadership positions can be relied upon to safeguard the interests of Kenyans.

Kiminini parliamentary hopeful Joseph Wafula and his Saboti counterpart Joseph Pepela welcomed the judgement calling on the president to channel his efforts in fixing the high cost of living.