The Service Party (TSP) leader Mwangi Kiunjuri, a close ally to Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has vowed to lead a NO campaign against the planned referendum.
The former Agriculture cabinet secretary on Thursday, April 29, made it clear that he will oppose the referendum if the document seeking to amend the Kenyan Constitution 2010 does not address issues of the people of Mt. Kenya region.
Kiunjuri in a press conference said he held a consultative meeting with people from Uhuru’s backyard in 2019 while still the cabinet secretary proposed a ‘one man one vote one shilling’ county division of revenue formulae.
However, Kiunjuri suspects there are plans to scrap off an additional 70 constituencies as proposed in the Bill, a move he says will deny the people of Mt. Kenya their fair share of unit.
“I am ready to lead a NO campaign against the BBI if the interests of Mt. Kenya people are not put up. Our point remains one man, one vote, one shilling,’’ Kiunjuri said.
Kiunjuri’s sentiments were echoed by Mathira Member of Parliament Rigathi Gachagua who warned proponents of the BBI Bill to be ready for a ‘hostile’ reception in Nyeri County.
Rigathi in rejecting the Bill said the manner in which the proposed constituencies are distributed are not only discriminatory but also impoverishing because it gives all the proposed offices to one coalition.
“Looking at the second schedule, the people of Nyeri have no business supporting the Bill because of discrimination,” the legislator said.
It is understood that the BBI document has faced hurdles since when it was approved by the county assemblies across the country.
Kivumbi.co.ke earlier reported that more than 30 county assemblies out of the 43 that voted for the Bill processed an erroneous Bill that referred to a non-existent article of the Constitution while explaining how 70 constituencies would be created.