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President Uhuru and Former Prime Minister Raila hold a meeting with political party leaders

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) partner Raila Odinga on Thursday February 25, 2021 held a meeting with pro-BBI Political leaders.

The meeting was held at State House, Nairobi and was attended by political leaders including; Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Gideon Moi (KANU), Charity Ngilu (Narc) and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya).

The leaders who attended the meeting issued a joint statement expressing their gratitude to the Members of County Assembly (MCAs) that voted for the BBI Bill.

“Today, on behalf of a grateful nation, we convey our immense gratitude to all our County Assemblies for their monumental support for this Popular Initiative. Their bold action sets the foundation upon which Kenya shall advance inter-generational equity, realize gender parity, guarantee equal opportunities for all, and give each Kenyan a bigger slice of our shared prosperity,” joint statement read by Gideon Moi stated.

They also called upon all Kenyans to support the proposed constitutional amendment bill, stating that it will address their problems.

“As we embark on the next stage in realizing the First Amendment, we urge all Kenyans to build on our renewed unity and greater political consensus for the enduring benefit of the nation we all hold dear. BBI represents a once-in-a-generation break from the past; to resolve many longstanding national challenges that hold us back from realizing a united and prosperous Kenya for all,” the leaders said.

The leaders further stated that they intend to embark on civic education over Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) to ensure the voice of every Kenyan is heard and to enable every one of us to exercise their civic duty.

“To ensure the voice of every Kenyan is heard and to enable every one of us to exercise their civic duty, we will undertake civic education to sensitize the entire Kenyan nation on the opportunities that lie for our homeland and nation as part of this initiative.” they stated.

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Written by Kennedy Omondi

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  1. What are the competing ambitions among Kenya’s top politicians regarding 2022, when President Uhuru Kenyatta’s second term expires? Does the March 9 handshake between Kenyatta and his longtime rival, former prime minister Raila Odinga, signal Kenyatta’s support for Odinga as his successor? Where does William Ruto, the deputy president, fit in? And, amid the jostling for power and possible new alliances, what is the future of Kenya’s electoral democracy in its broader constitutional environment?

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