DON'T WANT A REFERENDUM

Nandi leaders call for sobriety on BBI report

They had feared the handshake and the BBI was meant to lock out a section of Kenyans but now changed after the report went public

In Summary

• They say attempts to push for a referendum will divide Kenyans into two opposing camps prior to the 2022 general elections. 

• The legislators noted that agriculture, which is the backbone of the economy, has not been conclusively tackled.

MPs Julius Meli, Cornelly Serem, Senator Samson Cherargei and Wilson Kogo at Got Ne Lel Gilrs Secondary School on November 30, 2019
BBI DEBATE: MPs Julius Meli, Cornelly Serem, Senator Samson Cherargei and Wilson Kogo at Got Ne Lel Gilrs Secondary School on November 30, 2019
Image: /Barry Salil

Nandi leaders want the BBI report to be implemented without going to a referendum.

They urged for sobriety, saying a referendum might divide the nation similar to what happened during the constitutional referendum in 2005.

MPs Julius Meli of Tinderet, Wilson Kogo of Chesumei, Cornelly Serem of Aldai and Senator Samson Cherargei said the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition supremo Raila Odinga brought stability and unity in Kenya.

“We should not destroy the platform that has ensured tranquillity across the nation,” Meli said.

They spoke on Saturday at Got Ne Lel Girls High School when they presided over the issuance of licenses to 1,000 boda boda operators in Tinderet constituency.

The legislators, however, noted that agriculture, which is the backbone of the economy, has not been conclusively tackled.

“We need prices for farm produce to be increased. All sectors from tea, coffee, sugar cane, rice to maize are ailing and farmers are suffering,” Serem said.

Kogo said Kenyans must be careful and learn from the 2005 referendum, which split the country and ended up in the 2007-08 post-election violence because of political competition.

“Politics and competition for leadership positions should never be allowed to be a source of division among us. Let's debate the BBI document without issuing threats to any grouping or individuals,” Kogo said.

Cherargei said the 156-page BBI report belongs to all Kenyans as its intentions are meant to end divisions and exclusivity.

“It's not an exclusive club document for certain groups of people but for all Kenyans. The speeches of the President and Raila Odinga were clear on the BBI. We don’t expect any to backtrack,” Cherargei said.

 

Nandi county legislators Julius meli of Tinderet, Cornelly Serem of Aldai, Senator Samson Cherargei and MP Wilson Kogo of Chesumei at Got Ne Lele Girls Secondary School on Saturday
BBI DEBATE: Nandi county legislators Julius meli of Tinderet, Cornelly Serem of Aldai, Senator Samson Cherargei and MP Wilson Kogo of Chesumei at Got Ne Lele Girls Secondary School on Saturday
Image: /Barry Salil