LET KENYANS DECIDE

Do not jump the gun, Senator Maina tells politicians on BBI

In Summary

• Maina called for the simplification of the BBI report to a language that Wanjiku can understand.

• He said people of Nyeri support the BBI and they will give their views after consultations and come up with any suggestion that may add value into the document.

Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina at his Lusoi home in Nyeri on Saturday
BBI: Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina at his Lusoi home in Nyeri on Saturday
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Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina has urged fellow politicians not to jump the gun on the BBI report.

He said they are pre-empting the decision that will be taken after Wanjiku’s input.

The senator was referring to the ongoing debate on whether the BBI report should be subjected to a referendum or taken to Parliament.

 

Fifty-seven leaders from Mt Kenya on Saturday in Embu suggested that the report be implemented by Parliament instead of going the referendum way.

But Maina said the document should first be taken to the people to scrutinise it and give their views.

Speaking to the media in his Lusoi home in Nyeri on Saturday, Maina said Wanjiku’s views should be considered, adopted and where necessary changes made.

The legislator, as a result, said it is still early and it is not known what the people will recommend.

“Whether we will go to a referendum, Parliament or whichever route we will take, it will depend on the existing constitutional framework that we have and with the recommendations that will be there in the document,” he said.

The senator also wants the language in the document to be simplified so that Wanjiku can understand.

However, Maina said the basis of the entire BBI process is well-known to Kenyans and the document will be good for them.

 

He said people have witnessed the peaceful atmosphere that has prevailed in the country since the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

“In Nyeri, we are behind the BBI, and we will support it because we believe it is going to enhance the peaceful situation that is there,” he said.

Kenyans, he pointed out, should not forget the few incidences that they have had of turbulence, saying that should be the basis of supporting the BBI.

 “We will give our views after due consultation at the grassroots level,” he said.

He urged Kenyans to take advantage of the opportunity to enhance and strengthen the peaceful situation that is there and the unity of the country.

Politicians should not use their political interests to try and divide people or bring the same disunity that has been witnessed in the past, he added.

Maina urged all politicians to set aside their political ambitions and come up with unified and well-thought ideas that are not necessarily for personal ambitions but for the interest of the common mwananchi.

Kenyans, he added, have been going through difficult economic times, saying there has been an outcry over prices of basic commodities such as flour.

 “I have been particularly concerned and I will continue tirelessly to push and work towards a way that we should be able to improve on the returns for our coffee, tea, milk, poultry and horticultural crops,” he said.

Maina said the prices for farm produce are below what they would consider an "economic price that can sustain them".

“We have people who have gone to the extent of uprooting coffee, tea. Some of them are selling off their cows because the returns are poor,” he said.

He said he was glad that the BBI also singled out corruption, saying it was the vice that has pushed the country to where it is today.

BBI should look seriously at corruption and consider capital punishment for the vice, he said.

 

Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina addresses the media in his Lusoi home in Nyeri on Saturday
BBI: Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina addresses the media in his Lusoi home in Nyeri on Saturday
Image: EUTYCAS MUCHIRI