BBI campaigns set to proceed on radio and electronic media

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Following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ban on political rallies, the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) team has decided to use radion and electronic media to popularize the document.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga will select constitutionally experts and influential figures to appear in national and vernacular radio stations to rally support for BBI.

“We will use radio and other electronic media, and we are keen on observing the Ministry of Health protocols,” Junet Mohamed, the BBI Secretariat co-chair, said.

BBI proponents are working to ensure that they do not jeopardize the planned referendum. Therefore, they restrategized their campaign plans.

“Following the ban of political rallies, part of our new strategy is to use the mass media to communicate with Kenyans,” Dennis Waweru, the BBI co-chair, said.

Mr. Waweu also said that the BBI secretariat would coordinate the media campaign.

President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a ban on political rallies last week. The 30-day ban poses a challenge to the BBI campaigns. Proponents of the document were to start campaigning throughout the country in March. They are trying to convince the public to support the Constitutional Amendment Bill ahead of the referendum.

“I further direct the National Government Administration Officers (NGAO) jointly with the County Governments Enforcements Officers and National Police Service to strictly enforce this Public Order. The social and political status of the convenors of the political gatherings is immaterial,” Uhuru said at the time.

So far, political leaders have adhered to the President’s directives. Deputy President William Ruto is hosting boardroom negotiations instead of holding political rallies. Sources claim he has convinced several outgoing Governors to support his bid for the presidency.

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