ODM leader Raila Odinga‘s three-day tour of Turkana County to popularise the BBI agenda ended on a low after clashing with Governor Josphat Nanok. Raila and Nanok have not been pulling together for years now after the latter, a second-term ODM county boss, started leaning towards the government and now is a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto.
Sharing the podium for the first time in many months was literally muddled. They had attended a church service. Nanok took on his party leader over the BBI process. He said lack of consultations and chest-thumping had led to making of a very shallow and unpopular report.
“I’m not going to sugar-coat things here. BBI has little support among Kenyans. This is a consequence of not talking to all leaders to build consensus,” he said.
The former Council of Governors (CoG) chairman said he would oppose the BBI recommendations because they were discriminating some counties.
“Do your campaigns and we will do ours. I cannot allow proposals that would see our county lose almost one billion yearly in allocation,” he said.
All this time, the former Prime Minister looked uncomfortable and even started consulting Petroleum Cabinet Secretary John Munyes and one of his aides. They were seated next to him.
“When his time came, Raila started by condemning Nanok for “telling lies in church”.
The opposition leader said the proposal to increase of county allocation from 15 per cent to 35 per cent of the national budget would benefit Turkana.