Top leaders have urged Kenyans to shun divisive politics and remain united following the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, while launching the BBI report at the Bomas Of Kenya on Wednesday, urged leaders especially not to divide Kenyans.
“I appeal, especially to the political class. Do not divide Kenyans, they do not deserve it. We are here talking about their wellbeing. We are here talking about their peace,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Deputy President William Ruto also urged Kenyans to ensure that BBI report is not hijacked by politicians for their own selfish agendas.
National Super Alliance (NASA) co-principle Musalia Mudavadi, in a winning speech that moved Kenyans and earned him praises on social media, also said the BBI report is not about sharing political seats and called for sobriety in handling the report.
“Everybody has talked about sharing political seats, what about motivating the civil servants? What about motivating the teacher? What about motivating the private sector? The BBI is not about sharing political positions. It is bigger than that,” he said.
Mudavadi challenged Kenyans to read the report for themselves and internalize the recommendations without the undue influence of political rhetoric.
“Let us be sober in this discussion. Let us interrogate the document. I don’t want someone to read the document for me. I want to read it myself. I hope every other Kenya will today rise to the occasion and say ‘I am making a decision today because I have read the document and not because Musalia Mudavadi has read it for me’,” Mudavadi further stated.
New Beginning for Kenya?
Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka also said the BBI report marks the beginning of a new Kenya. “One indivisible united Kenya”.
Kalonzo further stated there’s a need for cross-part deliberations on the BBI report, and said his party will convene a National Executive Council on Thursday to deliberate on the contents of the report.
Raila Odinga said The Building Bridges Initiative task-force report will be handed over to a team of experts who will give away forward on the proposals made by Kenyans, Opposition Leader Raila Odinga has said.
The Building Bridges Task-force
The BBI report is the child of the “handshake” between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga in the political tensions that ensued following the disputed 2017 presidential elections.
The Building Bridges task-force, led by SEnator Yusuf Haji was unveiled to oversee the report.