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Rigathi gives conditions for BBI support from Mt Kenya

Mathira MP Rigathi
Gachagua has said that leaders from Mt Kenya region would support the eagerly
awaited Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) proposals if they address issues
affecting the bloc.

The report is expected
to be officially handed to President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday next week by the
BBI chairman, Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji.

Speaking on Saturday at
Kabiruini village in Mathira Constituency, Rigathi welcomed the assurance by
the President that Kenyans would be allowed to discuss, study, dialogue and
build consensus and see what is acceptable.

 “We are looking
forward for the release of BBI. We know the President was here the other day
and gave us assurance that everybody will get a chance to discuss it,” Gachagua

 The MP said he
would like to see mechanisms in the report that contain severe penalties and
sanctions for those who refuse to accept election results.

“The problem of this
country is not the nine-point agenda, but the problem is election violence,”
the MP said.

Gachagua said Kenyans
would not leave MPs to elect the President, adding that the people want to
choose the president directly.

“We cannot allow members
of Parliament to choose the president,” he said.

 The lawmaker
called for equitable sharing of resources according to an area’s population,
adding that regions with few people received equal resources with those that
are densely populated.

He added that if the BBI
addresses equal distribution of resources, one man one vote, one shilling and
allowed people to elect the President directly, then he would have no problem
with it.

Further, Gachagua
further said that BBI proposals should address the problems facing the coffee,
tea, dairy sector and tackle the rampant unemployment among the youth.

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