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Let BBI focus on economic growth and not politics, states a section of leaders

A section of Jubilee elected leaders want Building Bridges Initiative report to focus on ensuring the country attains economic growth.

Led by Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen, the leaders say that currently, the debate on the report is dominated by political rhetoric which would not bring any benefit to the common mwanachi.

Speaking at a burial ceremony in Kandara area, Murang’a on Thursday which was also attended by Deputy President Dr. William Ruto, the legislators argued that some leaders wanted to hijack the whole process so as to benefit individually.

Murkomen observed that Kenyans want economic empowerment but not creation of positions aimed at benefiting a few political leaders.

He noted that the process should be inclusive and should address economic challenges majority of Kenyans were going through.

“The BBI is for ensuring we attain a united nation but ignoring social and economic challenges Kenyans are going through, then we will not attain the goal for a united nation,” said Murkomen.

His sentiments were echoed by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichugwa who observed that there was a high rate of employment especially among young people.

He said the report should focus on how the creation of employment opportunities would be realized instead of wasting funds and time in holding rallies which were of no importance to Kenyans.

“The problem in Kenya is not lack of unity but having politicians who are dishonest and self centred. Once leaders embrace unity and exercise honesty in their dealings, this country will be very united,” he added.

The leaders stated that they would participate in all BBI forums and ensure their views were taken into consideration before the final report is arrived at.

Other leaders including Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) and Kericho senator Haron Chereyoit advocated for soberness in debating the report.

They called for unity in the Jubilee party before talking of unity in the country saying the nation could not be united by leaders who were propagating ethnicity and deceit.

Gachagua said Kenyans would only support a report which would ensure their economic status is improved.

He added that Mount Kenya region has many challenges facing the agricultural sector thus the fate of farmers should be well addressed in the BBI report.

He asked Kenyans not to be blinded by politics associated with the BBI and instead get the report, read and understand the details in it.

On is part, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria asked leaders from Mount Kenya to speak in one voice about the report and ensure needs of local residents were taken care off.

He said upcoming leaders should be supported instead of being intimidated by those who have been in power for a long period.

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