Machakos County Governor Alfred Mutua and his Makueni County colleague Kivutha Kibwana and his on Monday 22 February 2021 came together and decided that the two County Assemblies will pass the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill.
Mutua hosted the Makueni County boss and over 60 Members of County Assemblies from the two Counties to discuss the way forward on the BBI amendment bill.
The Machakos County boss said that the people of the two Counties through public participation had decided to pass the BBI and that was why they met as the South Eastern Kenya Economic Block (SEKEB) to jointly announce this decision by all three assemblies.
He asserted that it was important to note that the decision to pass BBI was not coerced or influenced by any individual but was a decision based on feedback from interaction and public participation with the wananchi.
“Wananchi feel that the clause on the 35% county revenue allocation and the Ward Development Fund will bring in the much-needed money to the grassroots. As SEKEB, the welfare of the people of Ukambani remains our priority,” read part of his statement.
Mutua added that they are convinced that the voice of the people is best heard through the elected leaders chosen by the people.
He further added that they, therefore, believe that the push for the BBI cannot be through individuals but rather through elected leaders in the community as they are the voice of the people.
Mutua urged other leaders looking to benefit from the BBI process for their own selfish gains at the expense of our people to desist and choose to work together with all leaders for the common purpose of empowering our community.
He went on to thank all the MCAs and leaders who continue to heed the call for unity and acknowledge the need to support devolution.
He promised that the two Counties will continue to work together for a richer, stronger, and united Ukambani region.
On his part, Kivutha Kibwana said that they agreed that MCAs should respect the will of the people who endorsed the BBI amendment proposal from the recent Public participation.
The Makueni County boss had previously strongly opposed the Constitutional (Amendment) 2020 bill.
Over the weekend, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga expressed confidence that 24 assemblies will have passed the BBI Bill by Tuesday, paving the way for Bill’s next step; the National Assembly.