By Mourice Seretta
The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) drive got a major boost in Ukambani on Monday after Governor Alfred Mutua, Machakos, and his Makueni Counterpart Kivutha Kibwana resolved to back its push in the region.
The two announced the plans to push for the constitutional amendments through BBI after meeting with MCAs from their respective county assemblies.
Governor Mutua had previously warned President Uhuru that the Bill faced spectacular failure in the region if its proponents continued to side-line leaders from the region.
Speaking after announcing the change of tune, Governor Kivutha said that during public participation, residents of his county said the increase in revenue to counties from the current 15% to 35% would greatly change lives.
“I have listened to the voice of the people in the just concluded BBI Public Participation forums. Wananchi said the 15 percent revenue allocation to counties had greatly transformed rural economies. In that regard, I wish to respect the will of the people and ask MCAs to do the same,” Kibwana offered.
ibwana was previously anti-BBIand was among leaders who had called for a nationwide consensus on the bill instead of a referendum.
He was also part of Linda Katiba movement alongside Narc Kenya’s Martha Karua, Economist David Ndii, Musician and lobbyist Juliani among others.