Ukambani hits 90 percent target on BBI signatures

One of the coordinators handing over signatures collected to Lower Eastern Coordinator Jackson Kala. (Photo credit-Juline/Mauvoo)

The 3 Ukambani counties Makueni, Machakos, and Kitui have hit 90 percent of the targeted signatures for the BBI report.

This was revealed by the Lower Eastern Region Coordinator for the BBI Jackson Musyoka Kala during the handing over of the signatures at Machakos County Assembly where the three counties raised 130,000 signatures from Makueni, 220,000 signatures from Machakos, and 100,000 signatures from Kitui.

Kala said that the process for changing the constitution has kicked off as 90 percent was a good target for the changes to begin. He argued that no one was forced to sign the document as the coordinators were trained not to force anyone to sign the document.

“Today I have been given officially the signatures that were collected from the Ukambani region by the coordinators who were collecting the signatures and now the process of changing the constitution has started. I want to state categorically that no one was forced to sign the document and if there is one who was forced to come to me and tell me,” he said.

The former Machakos county senate aspirant said that they will start holding meetings at the grassroots levels so that the kenyans will be educated more on the document and ensure they do not agree or disagree without knowing what is in the document.

“Let the locals not worry, we are coming to locations, sublocations and villages to educate them more on the BBI report so that when the referendum comes they will be knowing whether to support or disapprove, “He added.

Machakos County Assembly Speaker Florence Mwangangi revealed that county assemblies will be meeting with the President and ODM leader Raila Odinga to discuss the BBI report.

“County assembly members want to have a sitting with the president and Raila Odinga so that they can discuss more on the report given that it will start at the county assemblies before it goes to Parliament and if it fails in the county assembly definitely it won’t sail through so we need a session with two principals,” she said.

Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka Monday night met elected leaders from Kitui County after some of the leaders threatened to oppose the BBI report for leaving out their key recommendation on the creation of Mwingi county.

Former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama Thursday said the Kamba community will not support the BBI report if the proposal to include Mwingi county in the report is not considered.

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