More than 2000 delegates from Western Kenya held a meeting to prepare for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) consultative forum scheduled for Saturday 18 January 2020 in Kakamega.
The meeting was attended by leaders and professionals from various political divides, and they resolved to expand the secretariat in charge of organizing the forum slated for 18 January 2020 at Bukhungu Stadium.
Noticeably missing from the scene were Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula and Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi.
The Secretary-General of Ford Kenya party as well as representatives from the ANC party in the company of Kibisu Kabatesi, who is a confidant of Mudavadi, were present at the meeting to address the distrust and wrangling among the western leaders.
Also present at the meeting were several lawyers who came to help the local leaders understand the content of the BBI report.
Governors who attended were Wycliffe Oparanya of Kakamega County, Wilbur Ottichilo of Vihiga County, Patrick Khaemba of Trans Nzoia County, Sospeter Ojaamong of Busia County and the host Wycliffe Wangamati.
Devolution CS, Eugene Wamalwa, was also present at the meeting alongside Senators, George Khaniri of Vihiga County, Amos Wako of Busia County, and several MCAs as well as former MPs from the area.
“We had agreed with the governors earlier to conduct a major grassroots leaders meeting and come up with a memorandum of understanding and views that would be incorporate home-grown issues that should be captured in the final BBI document,” stated Wamalwa.
He added that top legal minds from the region, including Amos Wako, former National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Otiato Marende and himself, were ready and willing to break down the BBI report’s content for the local leaders as well as citizens of the area to understand.
The Deputy President, William Ruto, termed the ongoing BBI consultative forum, which kicked off in Kisii as an ODM affair. He disputed the meeting and warned the leaders to stop using public resources for self-interests.