Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen on Saturday, January 25, left many Kenyans stunned when he declared his support for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and a referendum.
However, this has not augured well with a number of fellow Tanga Tanga MPs, including Kandara lawmaker Alice Wahome and Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Boss.
According to Alice Wahome, the BBI and the subsequent referendum are only about a political class whose intention was to create more positions for themselves.
“This is not a discussion by Kenyans but people and politicians seeking to include more positions,” Wahome said during the Naivasha retreat mostly attended by Deputy President William Ruto allies.
Alice Wahome in Naivasha: BBI is about politicians and creating more positions. I thought @kipmurkomen said referendum ni lazima on Saturday. What a confused and rudderless camp?!🤦🏽♂ pic.twitter.com/bUi5sS8Whg
— David Maina Ndung’u🇰🇪 (@ItsDavidMaina) January 27, 2020
On her part, Shollei said that the referendum was being used to legitimise the illegitimate.
“I was against and considered the BBI an illegality, when the report came out we discovered it was a document of the book of Lamentations,” Shollei said during NTV‘s AM Live on Monday, January 27
“When we say we go to a referendum, that is legitimising the illegitimate. First of all, you cannot say from the table here we’ll go to a referendum. What are the questions that are going to the referendum?” she posed.
I was against and considered the BBI an illegality, when the report came out we discovered it was a document of the book of Lamentations ~ Gladys Boss. #AMLiveNTV @debarlinea pic.twitter.com/qYJOG4a5Gw
— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) January 27, 2020
The Elgeyo Marakwet Senator who had steered away from the referendum debate was, however, put to task by Governor Hassan Joho, during the BBI rally in Mombasa, to state his stand and to the surprise of many, he answered in the affirmative amid cheers from the crowd.
“It is no longer about us versus them, we are united. We’ve all agreed that referendum is a must,” he said.
” We want to redirect the river back to its course so that our focus is no longer about who is outside and who is not but about the issues that are affecting the citizens of this republic.”
Nakuru Senator, Susan Kihika, a close ally of the Deputy President also addressed the Mombasa rally and said she was fully behind the BBI.