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Let's not jump the gun on BBI report, says Laikipia senator

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Laikipia Senator John Kinyua has called for sober approach to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) debate saying that Kenyans should not get excited before the report is made public.

Kinyua urged Kenyans to wait until the BBI report is released in order to examine its recommendations and decide whether it was good for the country or not.

Laikipia Senator John Kinyua with Laikipia West MP Patrick Mariru on June 4, 2018
BBI: Laikipia Senator John Kinyua with Laikipia West MP Patrick Mariru on June 4, 2018
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Laikipia Senator John Kinyua has called for a sober approach to the Building Bridges Initiative debate, saying Kenyans should not get excited before the report is made public.

He urged Kenyans to wait until the BBI report is released to examine its recommendations and decide whether it is good or not.

“Let us not jump the gun before the report is made public, even when parents are expecting a newborn, they wait until it's born to know its gender before giving the infant a name,” Kinyua said.

Speaking on Friday during the launch of the Laikipia County Assembly Strategic Plan 2019-23, the Senator said Kenyans should be more concerned that BBI would address their interests, especially bringing about national cohesion in the country.

“In as much as we cannot discuss a document we have not seen or read, we as residents of Mt Kenya region should be keen to see that BBI addresses fair distribution of resources and representation,”he said.

Kinyua said a county like Garissa which has a population of slightly over 200,000 residents, has five constituencies compared to Laikipia with a population of half a million people, yet it has only three constituencies. He said some wards in Laikipia have more registered voters than constituencies in Northeastern.

Kinyua said those are some of the issues Kenyans should be concerned with instead of politicking over a report whose contents are not yet known.

Governor Ndiritu Muriithi, who was the chief guest, steered clear of the BBI issue and lauded the assembly for the strategic plan. He said it would enhance capacity building between the executive and the legislature.