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Threats and Intimidation as Jubilee issues new directives on BBI

Following the ongoing hostile reception of the BBI report in some of the Counties where the party enjoys massive support across the country, the ruling Jubilee party managements issued new directives to its party members.

In a letter inked to all the party’s majority leaders in the various County assemblies under the leadership of the party, the party secretary-general Raphael Tuju said they will discipline the wayward MCAs.

Tuju argued that the bill is of great benefit to the MCAs and the Counties in general adding that it would be unexplainable for members of the Jubilee party to turn it down.

He gave an example of the introduction of the ward development through the increment of the revenue allocation from 15% to 35% as a reason for the ward representatives to support the proposal.

“The party will invoke article 13.3 part (f) and (g) of the party constitution should MCAs fail to adhere to the requirement,” read the letter in part.

The article states that “Disciplinary action shall be instituted against a member in cases of (f). Acting or advancing positions contrary to the party position. (g). Failure, neglect or refusal to carry out directives or instructions of the party,”.

“It is inexplicable that any reasonable MCA would find fault with these new advantages that would result from the passage of BBI,” added the letter dated February 8 Read.

This comes amid the document receiving hostile reception in a number of Counties allied to the ruling Jubilee party, most notably the Mt. Kenya and rift valley region.

Yesterday, the Baringo County assembly was marred with the chaos that nearly saw the MCA’s engage in fistfights at the assemblies over divergent opinions on BBI.

Things got bad to the extent of police moving, lobbing teargas canisters to contain the situation after emotions flared up between the KANU and Jubilee MCAs.

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Written by Fred Orido

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  1. Studies show that vernacular FM radio stations were some of the main propagators of the hate campaigns. For example, a Rift Valley-based vernacular FM station aired materials of a xenophobic nature against the Kikuyu, while FM stations from Central Kenya promoted a siege mentality and disparaged members of the Luo and Kalenjin communities. Studies have also documented some Central Kenya FM radio stations framing one presidential candidate as a murderer and a latter-day Idi Amin Dada. In essence, therefore, the so-called “tribal violence” and “tribal divisions” are not a reflection of conflicts between distinct and well-organised cultural communities. Rather, they are outcomes of deliberately organised political violence. Indeed, there are reliable reports that have recommendations on these issues, including the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) report, the Waki report, and the Kriegler report. Similarly, the 2010 Constitution established several independent institutions to address these issues. It’s quite revealing that Mr. Kenyatta chose the BBI instead of implementing these reports or strengthening the existing independent institutions, including the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC).

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