BBI politics took center stage at the funeral of Anselmy Kabaka Mbawa, father to Machakos Senator Boniface Kabaka in Kabaa, Mwala Constituency, Machakos County.
Speaking at the funeral Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen said that he would be attending BBI Mombasa rally as a Kenyan. Murkomen called for views of all Kenyans to be included in the BBI Report. Earlier this week, Deputy President allies announced that they will be joining BBI rallies.
“Mimi ninaenda kesho mkutano Mombasa kwa sababu mimi ni mkenya na sikualikwa kukuja Kenya. Ninaamini ya kwamba maoni ya Wakenya wote inafaa iunganishwe kwa hii mkakato ya BBI ndio kila Mkenya askie ni Mkenya.” Murkomen said.
The vocal majority leader expressed fears that there could be a final report that has already been prepared and Kenyans are just being taken in circles.
Busia Senator Amos Wako who is also a member of the Building Bridges Taskforce called for tolerance among political players noting that they will soon be gathering views on the recommendations made by the Taskforce.
“The aim is inclusivity. Those that want to go to Mombasa go to Mombasa. Because inclusivity ndo kitu cha maana kwa BBI. We want every tribe, every Kenyan to feel that they are Kenyan.”
Transport Chief Administrative secretary Wavinya Ndeti urged politicians to leave out politics out of BBI as it was meant to empower Kenyans economically.
“This coming BBI, let people stop politicizing it. BBI is meant to empower you economically. You know that something that doesn’t help you i am not in. When BBI comes, listen well.” She urged.
Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior cautioned that the Kamba community risks losing political direction if leaders continue disagreeing and instead they should speak in one voice.
Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka noted that he was among the first to build a bridge between him and President Kibaki after the 2007 post-election violence in which Kalonzo ended up being the Vice president.
“We were the first to build a bridge with President Kibaki even before Kofi Annan came to mediate. We said we will be in the negotiating table and that is where we shall be.” Kalonzo expressed support for the BBI.
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula urged those running BBI not to exclude anybody even those that they don’t agree with.