Machakos County Governor Alfred Mutua on Thursday 25 February 2021 said that Tanga Tanga members who are associated with Deputy President William Ruto are faced with a dilemma after the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill passed in counties.
Through his social media pages, the Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader noted that he believes that the Tanga Tanga allies are fence-sitting and will not come out to oppose the BBI publicly
“They will do what they have been doing in by-elections, which is to get another team out there, maybe Linda Katiba, and fund it,” he said.
Wacha nitoboe their strategy. pic.twitter.com/lhDYDKUYi4
— Dr. Alfred Mutua (@DrAlfredMutua) February 25, 2021
Linda Katiba which is led by Narc-K is a movement that is opposed to the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2020, popularly known as BBI.
The movement includes prominent political figures such as Economist David Ndii, activists Boniface Mwangi and Jerotich Seii.
Martha Karua in the past has denied that the Linda Katiba movement is in any way associated with Deputy President William Ruto.
After over 40 Counties passed the BBI bill surpassing the required 24 for it to be presented to Parliament, Ruto allies said that they were not interested in spearheading the NO campaign.
Aldai Member of Parliament Cornelius Serem said those championing for the BBI bill should go on with their business instead of waiting for DP to make his move as he is not interested in joining any BBI campaign.
He added that DP Ruto allies are hopeful that the referendum will be shot down by Kenyans.
Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Shollei said that there was no need to worry about the BBI within the 100 days of Ruto’s administration when he ascends to power in 2022, they shall launch an amendment process to weed out the contentious clauses.
BBI Secretariat co-chairperson Junet Mohammed on the other hand urged the Senate and the National Assembly to ignore the propaganda surrounding the document.
He added that they should emulate MCAs in amplifying the voice of the people as the bill moves to parliament for deliberation.
The bill was heavily endorsed by Counties on February 23 in what Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has termed as “SUPER TUESDAY.”
After the bill passed, the former Prime Minister thanked County Assembly Members across the country for the good work they had done.
He said that the road was now clear for leaders to give Kenyans the reforms they need to create a united, inclusive, and stable nation.