Farah Maalim, Wiper Deputy Party leader, caused a storm on Thursday the 26th of November 2020 after he went on a rant bashing the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report a day after he attended the signature collection event.
Maalim had on Wednesday the 26th of November represented his party leader Kalonzo Musyoka who is currently out of the country.
The former vice president is at the DRC Congo, where he is presently mediating between fighting sides in the ruling coalition. Kalonzo held separate meetings with the former head of state, Joseph Kabila, and his successor Felix Tshisekedi.
In a statement, Maalim, however, claimed that the BBI does not address his region. He further added that the taskforce shortchanged him by leaving northern Kenya out of the equation.
The Wiper deputy party leader further complained that the BBI was marginalizing Nothern Kenya by adding them a few seats. Yet, the same document adds other sections of the country more seats.
“How do you give one additional seat to almost one half of the landmass of the country and about 30 seats to one community? This is not what we were made to believe up to the last minute. Dishonesty!” Maalim complained.
“We expected in the very least North Horr, Ijara, and Wajir South-to have a slot each. That’s less than 5% of the total of 70. Look at the unimaginable greed and somebody talks of uniting Kenyans.”
Maalim’s post sparked mixed reactions on social media, with many netizens calling him out for attending the BBI event. Among those who noticed Maalim’s sharp opinion contrast was Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen.
Murkomen went on to question why Maalim would one day be supporting the BBI and the next day strongly opposing the report.
“Can someone please share with me the picture of the real Farah Maalim representing his Party Leader majestically walking to the big stage to sign the BBI Amendment Bill? I even saw him singing, “nobody can stop reggae..” What’s going in Kenya?” Murkomen questioned.