Central Leaders Want BBI Speeded Up

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Four governors from Mt Kenya region have urged President Kenyatta to ease the publication of the BBI. This will reduce political tension even as they pleaded with Kenyans to remain calm and await release of the report.

They spoke in Nairobi as Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru rebuked Mt Kenya BBI critics, saying, their stand is akin to disrespecting President Kenyatta, who is the region’s kingpin.

While the four county chiefs hailed the initiative, saying its intentions are good for the country, the leaders expressed concern that the report was already attracting heated, divisive, debate. They asked Kenyans to be patient until the report is released.

Kimemia is the chairman of Central Region Economic Bloc (Cereb). He was accompanied by Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), Martin Wambora (Embu) and Nderitu Muriithi (Laikipia). The governors said they will wait for the publication of the report then examine it in detail, discuss it and support it .

Murungi supported the nine-point agenda that underpins the BBI, saying, every Kenyan has an interest in living in a united and inclusive county free of corruption.

The council of governors has been pushing for increased resource allocation to the counties.

While the council has not given the quantum of the increase they wish to see in the BBI report, the four leaders said this is a critical issue that will have a bearing on their position on the report.

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Timothy Omondi