Emerging details now indicate that the decision by Members of the Baringo County Assembly to reject the BBI Constitutional Amendment Bill on Thursday came after attempts to force them to support it.
It now emerges that members of the house allied to the Jubilee Party were on Wednesday hosted by Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju, who said that they must vote in favour of the BBI bill or be punished.
Tuju is said to have also told the same to nominated MCAs, warning that they will have their seats taken away if they do not cooperate, in a meeting that was held at the party headquarters at Pangani in Nairobi and attended by 32 MCAs.
On Thursday, however, the members voted against the bill, with house Majority Leader Lawi Tallam confirming that they were indeed given threats in a bid to rally them behind the President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM boss Raila Odinga-led constitutional changes push.
“We want to put it clear to whoever is trying to dictate how we do things in Baringo that this won’t work. Whatever the threats, we are going to stop this much hyped Reggae. Take our word,” he told The Daily Nation.
The claims have also been confirmed by Mochongoi MCA Kipruto Kimosop, who said that they will do what pleases their bosses; the electorate, and not party officials, saying that they have rejected threats.
“We have basically rejected the threats and intimidation from Tuju and we can only take instructions from the electorate who voted us in. We have a right to choose what is good for us and Kenyans as well,” he is also quoted.
The alleged threats came after the government rolled out a Sh2 million car grant for ward representatives, in what critics of the initiative have termed an attempt to bribe the MCAs into passing the bill.
Baringo, interestingly, doubles up as the turf of KANU leader Gideon Moi, one of the top political figured who have been crisscrossing the nation drumming up support for BBI.