The National Leaders of Former Mayors International (FMI) and Kenya Former Councilors Association (KEFOCA) have called for the peaceful support of the Building Bridges Initiative report, amid heated political debate on its implementation.
Addressing members of the press in Nairobi, the association leaders led by Nathan Kahara, former Nairobi Mayor cum former chair Mayors International and Christopher Lanyola, former Mayor Kapenguria cum former chair Kenya Councilors Association, said they have resorted to support the initiative, as a way of supporting President Kenyatta’s push for unity.
“We have resolved to support BBI and we remain happy that President Uhuru Kenyatta is working hard to unite the country. We also acknowledge the fact that the president was the best minister for Local Government during his tenure,” said Mr. Kahara.
They said that President Uhuru initiated devolution for which the former councilors laid foundation, which is being used today.
“Former Councilors have remained opinion leaders in their respective counties and locations. They have also resolved to preach peace and support the President in uniting the country and fighting corruption,” he added.
They also said that their wish is to see Kenya led by National leaders, and not tribal/ethnic leaders who preach divisive politics.
“We appeal to all leaders, to talk about the BBI report and campaign in a peaceful manner to embrace unity in the country,” said Kahara.
The association comprises of mayors and councilors who served since independence (1963) to 2013, when the new system of government was enacted by the new constitution.
Among them are the late Hon. Charles Rubia, the first Kenyan Women Mayor including Her Worship Grace Onyango and Her Worship the late Margret Kenyatta.
The BBI report discussions in the country have intensified even as meetings and discussions go on across different parts of the country.
On Tuesday, MPs allied to deputy President William Ruto resorted to attend all remaining BBI meetings in the country, starting with the Saturday meeting in Mombasa.
They said this after a-seven-hour meeting at Serena Hotel in Nairobi, adding that their worry lies in the fact that there was a secret committee working on another document and not the original BBI report.
“It was a concern that if we just sit back and let ODM run the process, we will be losing out politically, hence decided to join them and talk to Kenyans on the same platform,” a local daily reports.
The MPs include Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho), David Pkosing (Pokot South), Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Caleb Kositany (Soi), Moses Kuria (Gatundu North), Alice Wahome (Kandara) and Nelson Koech (Belgut).
Also in attendance were Silvanus Osoro (South Mugirango), Joash Nyamoko (North Mugirango), John Muchiri (Manyatta), Shadrack Mose (Kitutu Masaba), John Waluke (Sirisia), Joyce Emanikor (Turkana), Steve Lelegwe (Samburu) and Vincent Musyoka (Mwala).