The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) has been branded all monster names by Deputy President William Ruto-allied Tangatanga group.
From Breaking Bridges Initiative to Burning Bridges Initiative to Beba Baba Ikulu.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) found itself in hot water after describing the BBI using one of the terms Tangatanga is fond of mentioning in many of their political forums, including social media.
As verification of the signatures appended in support of the referendum Bill started, the commission published a short social media post that triggered mixed reactions.
The tweet read: “The launch of the Burning Bridges Initiative Supporters Verification Exercise at the Bomas of Kenya.”
The post was deleted a few minutes later, but Kenyans had already taken screenshots.
Promoters of the BBI agenda stormed online platforms to condemn the electoral body over open bias.
However, the commission has since apologised, saying it was a typographical error.
“Earlier today, the commission posted a tweet on the launch of the Verification of BBI supporters. However, there was a typographical error in the tweet which was made inadvertently. The error does NOT in any way reflect the position of the commission or its staff. The commission sincerely apologises to all its stakeholders and the general public.”
ODM Raila Odinga’s aide, Silas Jakakimba, said someone at the IEBC would have to go home for making a deliberate mistake to please his masters.
“SOME of the cheeky captains here will have to take a WALK! And soon. Mark this tweet,” he said.
Former presidential candidate Mwalimu Abduba Dida wrote: “Someone at IEBC deliberately called BBI Burning Bridges Initiative. However pleasing this is, l am shocked that an independent commission can openly be biased. Can they be trusted to deliver free and fair results? It is another sad day for democracy in Kenya.”
But the Tangatanga battalion could only celebrate, stating that “God uses mysterious ways to communicate”.
Mwangi Maina tweeted: “IEBC needed not apologise for calling BBI by its rightful full name, the Burning Bridges Initiative.”