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Embu MCAs Fume After Being Treated Like Flower Girls at Chuka BBI Meeting

by M Nyongesa
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Embu County ward representatives, who attended a Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) consultative meeting in Chuka, have protested after being embarrassed by the organisers.

The furious MCAs said they were disappointed that they were only asked to stand up, wave to the crowd and go back home without presenting their views or presenting a memorandum on the proposals they would wish incorporated in the final BBI draft.

They, therefore, said they would only attend the BBI popularisation forums if they would not to be treated like flower girls.

Muminji MCA Newton Kariuki said the regional consultative meeting, which brought together stakeholders from Embu, Tharaka Nithi and Meru counties, ought to have been a forum where ward reps give their views on the BBI, but it turned out to be a photo session and fashion show where they only stood up to be seen, and then ignored.

Kariuki also revealed that the people ferried from his ward were only given a leaflet to read but had no chance to give their views on the document.

He said the group went back home a frustrated lot after spending the whole day with a list of proposals for inclusion in the BBI report but getting no chance to speak.

The MCA said the BBI report being circulated in consultative meeting is a mutated version of the draft launched at Bomas of Kenya.

The musician-turned-politician said if Governor Martin Wambora only wanted the MCAs to accompany him to the Meru BBI rally only to be seen, he would have entertained the crowd with one of his hit songs.

For his part, Deputy Speaker Steve Simba pointed out that item number 23 on Page 28 in the BBI report stipulated that after the launch at Bomas, the task force should have taken the report to the people.

He said the public rallies left no room for ward reps and other leaders to give their views; subjecting them to the shame of just waving to the crowd and sitting down.

The Runyenjes Central MCA warned against forcing leaders to attend the Meru BBI rally, saying the meeting was not a priority to the people.

His people had not been consulted on what they needed incorporated into the final report, and he would rather perform his duties than attend a meeting where his views did not matter.

Speaker Josiah Thiriku has in the past demanded the involvement of MCAs in the BBI meetings, saying that the county assemblies would play an integral role in its success or failure.

The leaders are now demanding to know the roles of MCAs in BBI drafting, consultative meetings and rallies if they would not be allowed to give their views.

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