Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru on Tuesday 23 February 2021 made all politicians know that Kikuyus can never be bought after the Mt. Kenya region Member of the County Assembly decided to support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill.
Speaking immediately after Kirinyaga County Assembly passed the bill, Waiguru asserted that the Mt. Kenya region always comes together and speaks the same language which makes it difficult for any outsider to penetrate.
The County Governor also congratulated her County Assembly for doing what was right and passing the bill unanimously.
She said that the county residents and leaders knew that the BBI bill was coming to benefit the people of the Mt. Kenya region and specifically Kirinyaga County.
The Governor noted that anyone who knows the problems facing Kirinyaga could not have opposed that bill.
She added that a lot had been said outside the Mt. Kenya region and on social media and people thought the region would be influenced to rejecting the bill but they have been proven wrong.
The lawmaker further added that people had now seen that the Mt. Kenya region had voted as a block.
“I said it before, I will say it again, you can rent a Kikuyu but you cannot buy a Kikuyu, they will still vote for their own people, they know what is good for the region,” she said.
Here is the full list of the Counties that have endorsed the bill so far:
On January 19, 2021, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) verified 1,140,845 supporting signatures for the (BBI) referendum bill.
The IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati later submitted the BBI draft bill to all 47 counties for approval which according to the Constitution required a third of the counties (the equivalent of 23 counties) to pass the Bill for it to proceed to the Bicameral Parliament.
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Rail Odinga who is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s handshake partner had been the head of state’s main man traveling around the country pushing for the BBI bill to pass.
However, it was not a walk in the park as the bill faced challenges will Deputy President William Ruto opposing it stating that it lacked inclusivity.