Even as different parts of the country continue to host a series of the second phase of Building Bridges Initiative, BBI consultative meetings, the scheduled Eldoret meeting could, however, face some challenges.
This is after youths from the region planned a parallel meeting in Eldoret town to coincide with the BBI’s.
The meeting, which will be led by the embattled former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiujuri, has been scheduled for February 16, 2010, the same day the BBI meeting is expected to be held in the town.
According to the organizers, the meeting, dubbed PEACE ANNIVERSARY, will be used to celebrate eight years of a prevailing peace in the once volatile Uasin Gishu county and the rest of the Rift Valley region.
The meeting will start with roadshows within Eldoret town before proceeding to Eldoret sports club where a mega rally is expected to be held.
Just like it was the case with the cancelled Mumias meeting over the weekend, the Peace Anniversary meeting in the town is expected to attract a major show-off between its organizers and the state.
The region, which has largely been considered Deputy President William Ruto’s backyard, has been reluctant in fully embracing the initiative which has been branded by some Tanga-tanga leaders as an indirect initiative of creating an elective position for Raila Odinga in 2022.
Already, William Ruto’s biggest rival in the region, who is also Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has been appointed to steer the BBI campaign in the Rift Valley.
This comes even as Kanu party seeks to stamp its authority in a region which is currently at a crossroads over the next course of political action after the report was released last November.
The move has already angered William Ruto’s allies, who claim to control the Rift Valley and believe should be the ones to determine the direction the region takes in the second phase of the initiative.
Already, Key Kanu members who include Tiaty MP William Kamket, former Eldama Ravine MP Musa Sirma have shown their will to steer the initiative after they attended the just concluded Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally in Kakamega.