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Chege castigates those against BBI

Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege has told off those spreading propaganda about the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.

Chege said some leaders are peddling lies about the report which she said is aimed to strengthen devolution by ensuring more funds are sent to grassroots.

The report, she noted, is proposing an increase of funding to devolved units saying MCAs will have their money to support development in their wards. BBI, the county MP said will reduce the governance expenses arguing that those claiming the report will be a big burden to Kenyans, is a lie.

“Currently, the MCAs rely on the mercy of their governors in terms of development. But those against the report I wonder where they will get money to support people who elected them,” posed Chege.

Many county governments, she added that have been unable to implement sustainable developments due to lack of funds.

“BBI is increasing allocation to counties and I wonder when some governors are not for the report,” said the legislator.

Speaking when she distributed bursary cheques to more than 350 needy students from the county on Saturday at Kenol town, the woman representative said some leaders are not coming out clear to state their stand about the report.

She castigated Murang’a senator Irungu Kang’ata for writing to the president that the report is not highly embraced in the central region saying the senator should educate the residents about the report and stop dictating the president.

“When you write to the president, what do you expect him to do? You are the person on ground so let people know what is contained in the report so that they can make wise decisions,” she added.

Kang’ata wrote a letter to the president claiming that only about 20 percent of Mount Kenya residents support the BBI, something that sparked mixed reactions among leaders from the region.

She continued: “for those eying to be governors in next elections and also those who want to be ministers should be in forefront to support the BBI report which will bring changes about nomination of ministers.”

Chege further castigated the IEBC saying those who are heading the commission are not sincere as that has placed many hurdles towards the report.

“When Thirdway Alliance brought a proposal dubbed ‘punguza mzigo’, I didn’t see IEBC claiming that it did not have funds. We didn’t even know when and how the signatures were collected and verified, how comes this time they have many demands about BBI,” Chege asked.

She called upon Kenyans to wait until they know full details about the report so that they can make the right decision about BBI and avoid being misled by leaders who are against change.

By Bernard Munyao

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