Deputy President William Ruto has on Monday February 22, 2021 suffered a major setback after his two close allies dump him for President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Building Bridge Initiative (BBI) bill.
Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and his Machakos counterpart Dr. Alfred Mutua who have been opposed to the constitutional amendments through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill have changed their mind and are now supporting it.
This was revealed after the two Governors met with their respective Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) on Monday February 22, 2021 and resolved to support the BBI bill.
Governor Kivutha stated that the will of the residence of Makueni to support the bill over proposed increase in revenue allocation from 15% to 35% during public participation for the BBI bill made him change his tune.
“I have listened to the voice of the people in the just concluded BBI Public Participation forums. Wananchi said the 15 percent revenue allocation to counties had greatly transformed rural economies. In that regard, I wish to respect the will of the people & ask MCAs to do the same,” Governor Kibwana said.
The duo was previously the anti-BBI bill and was among leaders close to Deputy President William Ruto who had opposed the bill.
Kibwana was also a member of Linda Katiba movement lobby group that was launched in February, 2021 to rally Kenyans in rejecting the proposed constitutional amendments.
Governor Mutua had previously warned President Uhuru Kenyatta over the likelihood of the bill failing in the region.