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Elgeyo Marakwet rejects BBI but former Ruto diehards now turn on him.

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Once upon a time in Elgeyo Marakwet County, popularly known as EMC, the duo of MCAs Lawi Kibire and Winny Kanda, were the most fierce and loyal defenders of the County’s senator, Kipchumba Murkomen, and the deputy president William Ruto. They never tired of attacking governor Tolgos, and were a constant thorn in his flesh, politically speaking.

However, now things seem to have taken a big change within the County, as new alliances seem to be forming, or have already formed, as evidenced by yesterday’s vote during the debating and consideration for the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020, popularly known as the Building Bridges Initiative, BBI. 

The Elgeyo Marakwet County Assembly yesterday, following in the footsteps of Baringo and Nandi counties, became the third county to shoot down the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) constitutional amendment Bill, and in the process, maintaining the status quo that only counties from Rift Valley have opposed the Bill.


Seventeen MCAs rejected the Bill while 15 voted in support of it and one abstained in a roll call vote.The assembly’s Committee on Justice and Administration, which had been tasked with the responsibility of holding public hearings, tabled a report rejecting the Bill, and which was subsequently adopted by the house.


Kapyego MCA Evans Limo, the committee’s chair, said that three out of four sub-counties rejected the Bill in the public participation phase, a scenario he said informed most MCAs’ decision during the vote.

However, what was most noticeable was that a bulk of the 15 who supported the Bill were nominated MCAs who have historically been quite supportive of the deputy president and his camp. Lawi Kibire was the most pronounced in his criticism of the side which rejected the Bill.

“The issue of the student loans repayment grace period and tax holidays for young entrepreneurs, as proposed in the Bill, is the best thing that ever happened to the youth of this country,” said Nominated MCA Lawi Kibire, who represents the youth.

“This Bill gives young people an opportunity to flourish in business.” He added.

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