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New details emerge on Uhuru, Raila meeting in Naivasha

In the wake of a glaring rebellion on the Just recently released BBI report, President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga are on a rejuvenated drive to drum up support for the document.

The two leaders are expected to meet a team of senators and parliamentarians in Naivasha to deliberate on the draft.

Together with a team of experts, they are expected to familiarize the law-makers with the contents of the document, and how it seeks to address the identified areas that are causing disunity in the country.

Kipipiri member of parliament Amos Kimunya yesterday divulged that the meeting is aimed at giving the leaders a thorough view of the report.

“We have a team of experts who are here to explain to the MPs the BBI process, the contents of the report, and how it seeks to address areas identified as causing disunity in the country,” said Kimunya.

The legislator added that it’s also meant to breakdown the report content, and how well it addresses the nine-point agenda that came with the handshake, as opposed to delving into those opposed to it in the current form.

“There are people who want some issues added or removed from the report, but this shall not be part of our discussion,” he said.

He went ahead to say that the focus was now on how to harmonize the 23 laws that were nullified by the court because they are key for a referendum.

“Some of these laws are key for a referendum to take place. We are committed to ensuring that the laws are validated,” said Kimunya.

This caused a stir among different leaders with Senate majority leader Samuel Pogishio opining that it will ensure those opposed to it are convinced otherwise.

“We shall find a way to deal with leaders who are disgruntled with some of the proposals and reach a consensus on the document as it is,” said Phoghisio.

On his part, Cheranganyi MP Joshua Kutuny took issues with members of the DP’s faction for ignoring the draft originally.

“Concerns from people who ignored the BBI team when it was collecting views should not hold us back,” said Kutuny.

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula was of a contrary opinion castigating those rigid to the draft change.

“If there is no room for changing the document, why then are we here in Naivasha spending public resources? We need to be honest. If we can’t change it, why then not embark on implementing the document as it is,” said Wetang’ula.

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    Written by Fred Orido

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