Uhuru cautions Rift Valley leaders from inciting residents against Mr. Odinga.

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President Uhuru with Rift Valley Governors[Photos/Courtesy].

“I am the architect of BBI and my elder brother Raila Odinga being my partner in this initiative must be allowed to lead the process,” a governor who attended the meeting was quoted by the Standard Digital.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has told off those leaders who had claimed that they will not be recognising Mr. Odinga on the BBI matters.

It has now emerged that Uhuru’s meeting with Rift Valley leaders on Tuesday March 11th at statehouse was meant to shed more light on the role Hon. Raila Odinga plays in the whole process.

Sources who did not want mentioning, disclosed to jihami.com that the Head of State warned the leaders from Rift Valley not to turn the ongoing BBI events into a political shouting match aimed at anyone in the opposition and reiterated his relationship with Mr. Odinga as an important move in uniting the country far from 2022 politics.

To add salt to injury, Uhuru also said that he recognises Mr. Odinga on all BBI matters more than anyone else and those saying otherwise were missing the true picture of their coming together.

“I am the architect of BBI and my elder brother Raila Odinga being my partner in this initiative must be allowed to lead the process,” a governor who attended the meeting was quoted by the Standard Digital.

Until now, Uhuru is yet to attend any Building Bridges Initiative BBI rally with his handshake partner. Instead Mr. Odinga has been mandated to grace all of them from Kisii to recent one which was held in Meru County.

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“The President instructed us to ensure all the leaders, including those from the Opposition, are given a chance to air their views at the rally. He does not want the meeting to be a trigger for ethnic hatred that will leave the region divided. He wants the message from Afraha to be that of peace and unity,” said a governor who attended the meeting.

Nakuru Host Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the head of state had given them a blessing and that their meeting was also meant to build a united platform for BBI meetings in the area.

“As we have previously indicated, Nakuru must recapture the lost spirit of BBI. We need to live up to the true meaning of building bridges. That’s what the president is insisting on.”

“This is why the character and spirit of the Nakuru rally will be to bring divergent views together and reverse escalation of negative rhetoric,” Kinyanjui said.

Initially, a section of DP William Ruto allied MPs had vowed not to attend the BBI mettings if Mr. Kenyatta himself will not be available. They further had mentioned that Mr. Odinga will not be the one to receive their recommendations for the BBI taskforce what even led to the cancellation of the consultative meetings in Nakuru on March 7th and that of Eldoret.

According to sources from the ground, the leaders wanted Mr. Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto to attend their meetings and the final Nakuru rally.


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