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MPs call for speedy release of BBI report to faciliate referendum

Say to maintain the spirit of handshake which brought unity in the country, the report should be tabled fast before next polls.

In Summary

• Say Kenya is moving forward after the handshake, as it has been easier for the Jubilee Party to concentrate on the development agenda

• Say to maintain the spirit of handshake which brought unity in the country, the report should be tabled fast before next polls.

SUNA West MP Peter Masara at Piny Oyie in his constituency when he hosted colleagues on Saturday
BBI EXPRESS SUNA West MP Peter Masara at Piny Oyie in his constituency when he hosted colleagues on Saturday
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Five legislators have called for the speedy release of the Building Bridges Initiative report to allow for a referendum ahead of the 2022 General Election.

The five MPs from the Administration and Security Committee  said the country needs the BBI report to be tabled immediately.

“As a country, we look forward to the report and Kenyans to adopt it in a referendum to push the  agenda of peace and unity as envisioned by the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga,” Mwea MP Wachira Kabinga said.

Kabinga said as the country is moving forward after the handshake, as it has been easier for the Jubilee Party to concentrate on the development agenda as political heat after 2017 protracted elections was cooled off.

He spoke in Piny Oyie town, Suna West constituency on Saturday when he was hosted by  MP Peter Masara.

Other legislators who were with them were Kiambaa MP and committee chairman Paul Koinange, Suna East MP Junet Mohamed and Homa Bay town MP Opondo Kaluma.

The legislators warned that their colleagues who are already opposing the report even before it is table were the same who were against the 2010 Constitution and  risk being in the opposition in 2022.

“Kenya needs the report to be released and referendum called. Those who are against the report, which is yet to be released, will keep opposing it until 2022 General Election when they will find themselves in opposition,” Junet said.

Koinange said to maintain the spirit of handshake which brought unity in the country, the report should be tabled fast before next polls.

“The President and Odinga should move with speed and capture the spirit of peace and unity brought by their handshake by releasing the report and bringing referendum,” Koinange said.

Masara said the handshake has helped Migori, which was considered an opposition zone, benefit from development projects.

Raila on Friday said the BBI report is "around the corner".

"The forces that have always opposed change; the voices of impunity that thrive on corruption and outright lies, have already lined up against the report. We must stop them from dragging the country into anarchy," Raila said.