Contrary to the expectations of many, outspoken Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria’s brother John Ngigi is now spearheading a campaign trail in support of the Building Bridges Initiative signatures collection drive.
Ngigi who happens to be the Kiambu County chief officer in charge of Livestock and Fisheries took the BBI campaign at their Wamwangi village attracting tens of locals who appended their signatures in support of the document.
While MP Kuria has been demanding a review in the Constitution Amendment Bill to see the proposed number of nominated women MPs and the additional MPs removed, Ngigi says the document is fine and any errors therein should be corrected after the referendum.
Kuria, an ardent supporter of Deputy President William Ruto has been asking his supporters to join him in demanding for the change, stating that Kenyans cannot afford the new governance structure due to the continued downfall of the economy.
According to Kuria, Kenyans will be forced to pay hefty salaries and buy big cars for the 640 Members of Parliament.
But his brother Ngigi dismissed him as untruthful insisting that all the areas he wanted amended among them reinstatement of the National Police Service Commission that was to be abolished and be replaced by Kenya Police Council have been addressed in the new document.
He said that Kuria and his likeminded people have changed their goal posts from their earlier demands and are now demanding reduction in the number of parliamentarians.
Ngigi called on them to declare their stand instead of supporting some clauses in the document and rejecting others.
“Their no is not complete; they are neither here nor there. They are misleading people since all the issues that were earlier raised have been amended,” he told journalists in Gatundu.
While insisting that signing is not passing of the BBI but a start of a healthy discussion before the country heads for a referendum, the chief officer noted that the constitutional amendments will end tribal and inter-community clashes that emanate during electioneering periods.
Further, he said that the changes will empower devolution by guaranteeing all counties increased revenue allocation from the national government from the current 15 percent of the national share to 35 percent.
“We want an end to disunity and divisions that emerge every election period. The bid is only incorporated in the BBI and we will support it,” he added.
His sentiments were echoed by residents led by Lilian Njeri Kagwe who lauded the introduction of ward development funds and vowed to continue wooing more locals to join the train.