As the debate for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill continues in various County Assemblies across the country, a group of Uasin Gishu Members of County Assembly have revealed details of external influence for the outcome of debate.
A section of Uasin Gishu County Members of County Assembly have today Saturday February 13, 2021 stated that they are being threatened and intimidated to vote for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill.
This was revealed by Uasin Gishu Members of County Assembly speaker David Kiplagat that they have received a letter from Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju instructing them to vote in favour of the bill or face disciplinary action.
They however, stated that they will follow due diligence and make independent decisions that will reflect the wishes of the people.
“The issue of intimidating elected and nominated members…we’ve had a situation where Tuju has been writing to county assemblies directing them to take a different tune in terms of issues to do with BBI,” Kiplagat said.
“We want to tell Tuju we are an independent who know what to do, who understand the constitution very clearly.” He added.
Another Member of Uasin Gishu County Assembly stated that the constitution has given them power to represent their people.
“Mr. Tuju, in Article 1 of the Constitution, the party is not one of those institutions given the powers to represent the people. The people represent themselves or through their democratically elected representatives. So you cannot tell us today to follow what you’re saying.
We’re stakeholders of Jubilee, we were not called for a meeting to declare our position, that is your position…you cannot take the position of one person and tell us it is the party position.” The MCA who pleaded for anonymity stated.
This comes just a few days after debate for the BBI bill in Baringo County Assembly was marred with chaos that led to the rejection of the bill.