Turkana Women Rep Joyce Emanikor has taken issue with proponents of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) who now appear to have turned against proposals contained in the BBI task force report.
In a statement, Emanikor alleged that the emerging opposition to the BBI report and the push for changes to be made is because Raila Odinga’s expectations were not met.
The lawmaker also expressed concern over calls for a referendum to enact proposals of the BBI report. In a series of rhetoric questions, Emanikor poked holes into the BBI proposals claiming most of the issues raised were already addressed by the 2010 constitution and the process to come up with the BBI report was an unnecessary waste of Ksh10 billion public funds.
“Who created BBI? Is it not the same team crying foul play? Who shortchanged them in their own game? Who reduced the powers of the PM? Who created an imperial president? Is it not the BBI team? Was it worth Kenya’s 10b to come up with the same issues addressed already in the constitution? The team missed their main assignment, the expectation of the key architect!! That’s why they want to go back to the drawing board- to spend another 10b on committee of experts and another 20b on referendum,” part of the statement by Emanikor read.
“Why are you running away from parliament? Where do the legislators work? Is it not in the same villages you want to take the ‘amended’ BBI? You can’t just wish MPs away – you run away from parliament and you find them with the wanjikus. Tukutane ground basi, now that Kenya seems to have a surplus of money to be used at the whims of one man,” the statement reads.
A section of MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto have opposed the calls for a referendum claiming the process would attract unnecessary costs and that the BBI proposals can simply be enacted in parliament.