Murang’a County Senator Irungu Kang’ata has faced backlash after the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Referendum Bill was passed unanimously in his own backyard.
The Senator has been slammed because he wrote a letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta warning him that people from the Mount Kenya region opposed the BBI process.
However, Murang’a was the first county to pass the document in Mt Kenya in a unanimous vote witnessed by the County Governor, Mwangi Wa Iria.
ODM Party leader Raila Odinga’s ally Silas Jakakimba criticized the research done by Kang’ata before writing to the President.
“Murag’a County Assembly, where my classmate Sen Kangata did some ‘verandah’ research, has unanimously approved and voted the BBI bill by 53 to 0 votes. That’s how the ground is,” Silas noted.
A section of Kenyans accused the Senator of exempting ‘the MCAs’ will’ and only including the people’s will when he penned the letter warning the President.
“Murang’a County assembly has unanimously voted YES to the BBI Bill. What was Hon Kangata’s controversial letter based on? The letter should have factored the will of the MCAs as well,” said a Kenyan by the name Thuranira Kimungi.
Murang’a MCAs chanted, “Kang’ata must go” slogan moments after they debated and passed the amendment bill.
Gatundu South Member of Parliament Moses Kuria was also not spared the backlash because of a list he released a while back containing the number of counties that would vote against the BBI Report.
Popular blogger Polycarp Hinga termed Moses Kuria’s list as trash and misleading.
“The list Moses Kuria posted on how the BBI would fail in the county assemblies proved wrong and trashed,” Polycarp remarked.
The BBI bill has been approved in almost 30 counties, surpassing the threshold required (24)to proceed to a national referendum vote.
The next phase will see the bill moved to Parliament for the final vote ahead of the IEBC proceedings to craft the referendum question.