President Uhuru Kenyatta has explained through biblical allusion the need for Kenyans to embrace the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.
In his State of the Nation speech in Parliament today, 12th November, the President said that just like Moses in the Bible, he has seen the future of the country.
“Like Moses in the Bible, who sat at Mount Nebo and saw the future of Israel before crossing the promised Land, I, too, have seen,” he said, leaving the lawmakers in stitches.
He described the future of Kenya as very bright, but first the citizens must rally behind the BBI, as that is where the promise of a better tomorrow lies.
President Kenyatta said the report had addressed a good percentage of the issues ailing the country.
He underscored the need for the public to review the document soberly without any political manipulation.
“The report extensively evaluates our national challenges and makes robust and compressive practical recommendations to address them. As we progress to the next phase of this, I urge all Kenyans to constructively consider the recommendations therein.
“More importantly, let’s continue to address ourselves to those issues with a view of effecting far-reaching changes that will address the perennial challenges such as negative ethnicity, inclusion and the fight against corruption,” he said.
The Head of State further asked BBI stakeholders to open room for negotiations so as to arrive at a consensus.
Deputy President William Ruto has been pushing for consensus-building, saying that it is the only way to avoid a contested referendum that might burn bridges instead of building them.