President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, 25th February, hosted his ‘Handshake’ partner, ODM leader Raila Odinga, at State House, Nairobi, after the BBI referendum Bill went through in the county assemblies.
Also present during the roundtable meeting were ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi, his Wiper Party counterpart, Kalonzo Musyoka, Gideon Moi of Kanu, Ford-Kenya’s Moses Wetangula and Narc party leader Charity Ngilu.
In a joint statement, the party leaders said the decision by 42 counties to pass the BBI Bill was a wake-up call to the naysayers.
They said Kenyans had witnessed “first-hand the majesty and vibrancy of our constitutional democracy”.
The political leaders noted that the MCAs’ endorsement of the Bill reflected the will of the people.
The politicians added that the BBI agenda was meant to solve many of Kenya’s problems.
“Their affirming voice has thundered across the Republic, in resonance with the desire of all Kenyans to further strengthen our governance by breaking the cycle of divisive elections, fostering equitable distribution of resources by enhancing the share of revenues to county governments, and creating a more robust and responsive framework to secure opportunities for all Kenyans, including our micro, small and medium enterprises.
“On behalf of a grateful nation, we convey our immense gratitude to all our county assemblies for their monumental support for this popular initiative. Their bold action sets the foundation upon which Kenya shall advance inter-generational equity, realize gender parity, guarantee equal opportunities for all, and give each Kenyan a bigger slice of our shared prosperity,” the statement read in part.
The statement added that Kenyans should shun divisive politics.
In addition, the leaders said they would hold a consultative meeting with MPs and county leaders on 9th March 2021.
On Monday next week, President Kenyattta and ODM boss Odinga are expected to launch teams to spearhead the BBI campaigns in various parts of the country.