Conflicting details emerge on Naivasha BBI meeting that DP Ruto has been locked out of

Confusion has emerged on a meeting convened by allies of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga in Naivasha with DP Ruto and his allies locked out of the meeting.

It has since emerged that all the 416 MPs (including the Tanga Tanga MPs) who have taken to the public lamenting that they were not invited.

Leader of majority in parliament Amos Kimunya confirmed that despite the Tanga Tanga lawmakers (mis)informing the public, all 416 lawmakers were invited stating:

“We extended invites to all the 416 MPs in both Senate and National Assembly. For those who will not be able to make it for this retreat, we shall soon organize another session for them. The date shall, however, depend on the availability of the two principal leaders – Uhuru and Raila,” said Kimunya. 

This was however contradicted by his Suba South counterpart John Mbadi who is also the leader of minority in parliament.

“The retreat in Naivasha was organised by the House leadership. Some were invited others were not. The ones who were not invited will attend another session if convened. We invited the MPs who believe in the BBI process and its report,” said Mbadi.

Irungu Kang’ata who is the Majority whip in the Senate also confirmed that participants at the meeting were carefully chosen at the event where technocrats will take the MPs through the report that requires a constitutional amendment, legislative process and the parts that require administrative policy.

“We did not invite everybody but only those who support and champion President Uhuru Kenyatta’s agenda,” said Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata (Murang’a).  

The meeting is underaway at the Great Rift Valley Lodge with Senators Mithika Linturi (Meru), Samson Cherargei (Nandi) and Susan Kihika (Nakuru) denying receiving any invitation to attend the meeting.

“We were not invited, I did not receive any invitation. I am told it was some ‘Kamukunji’ for those pro-BBI. We are, however, aware of a retreat in Naivasha,” said Mr Cherargei.

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