Trans Nzoia: Odinga’s BBI pace raises eyebrows

Trans Nzoia senatorial aspirant Richard Chesebe (left) with gubernatorial aspirant Kakai Bissau in a past photo during the funeral of Tom kisiero kipteset in Endebess constituency on October 10, 2020. Photo/Facebook

The Chairman of the Jubilee party in Trans Nzoia Richard Chesebe has taken issue with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for treating the Building Bridges initiative (BBI constitutional proposal as a personal project.

Mr. Chesebe said the pace at which Mr. Odinga is taking the process preceding a possible referendum is suspect since he has bypassed the importance of Kenyans to give their input for a final draft.

“Kenyans were given a chance to give their input on the recommended proposals but before they did it, we are now being told the collection of 1 million signatures is about to commence. This is unfair,” he noted.

Mr. Chesebe called on president Uhuru Kenyatta to protect the interests of all Kenyans by ensuring they are given appropriate time to give their views on the published proposals as required by law.

“The BBI taskforce should be guided by the constitutional principles of inclusivity and public participation. The former prime minister should not be allowed to micromanage the taskforce,” he said.

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He further wondered why Mr. Odinga has overlooked the fact that BBI forums will catalyze the Covid 19 situation in the country with the number of infections and deaths rising amidst increased defiance of set health protocols.

Mr. Chesebe who is eyeing the senatorial seat within the region took issue with proposals requiring each county to have two senators from either gender saying the clause is not realistic with regard to meeting the gender rule.

“We need a better formula that will address the third gender regulation without infringing on the democratic right of voters to choose their leaders. Let us not force ideas by few individuals on Kenyans,” he said.

The BBI signature collection exercise will officially be launched on Thursday by President Uhuru Kenyatta and and his Handshake partner Raila Odinga.