By Samedi wa Makambo
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has given a light to have Kilifi Governor take charge of the forth coming BBI forum in Mombasa this weekend.
Through a special communiqué to the Prime Minister, the National BBI Steering committee led by Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji, has proposed Kilifi Governor Amason Jeffah Kingi as the lead Convener of the BBI Convention scheduled to be hosted in Tononoka grounds on 25th January, Mombasa County.
The Pwani Convention will be the third circuit, the first being Nyanza, where CS Mataing’i took the lead role and Mgharibi circuit was the second with Governor Oparanya of Kakamega taking the lead role.
Several planning meetings have been conducted. Last week Coast governors met at Vipingo Ridge Golf Course where they set a common ground for the region, amongst them being historical injustices, land and devolution. The second meeting was held early this week in Nairobi under the auspicious of the Rt. Hon Raila Odinga. Those who attended included Tana River Governor, Gado Godana, Kilifi Amason Kingi, Mombasa Hassan Joho and Taita Taveta Granton Samboja. Governors from Kwale and Lamu were absent with utmost apology.
Conventionally, the BBI Conference in Mombasa would have been led by Mombasa Governor Ali Joho who is the host or Tourism Minister Najib Balala being the senior most government representative from the region. The move by the steering to have Kingi lead the Convention is not yet clear but political observers have attributed it to the Tanga tanga’s decision to throw in the towel and join in the BBI Bandwagon.
The Tanga tanga squad who had in the past accused their counterparts of misusing funds during the BBI conventions have finally agreed to join in and fully participate in its activities.
Led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, who is also leader of Majority in the Senate, the team said it will be joining the BBI rallies from this weekend in Mombasa.
“After consultations as leaders, we will participate and, where necessary, take charge of these public rallies beginning with Mombasa this weekend,” he said, during a presser.
Murkomen said the Tangatanga brigade will thereafter come up with a schedule for the rallies across the country.
“We are organising rallies in other parts of the country. We shall soon announce the calendar of complimentary rallies to reinforce those already published,” he said
In a rejoinder, minority chief whip Junet Mohammed said in a tweet “It is my hope that they are coming to Mombasa ready to focus on what’s important and NOT for sideshows. Because should they attempt sideshows, they’ll have themselves to blame. BBI is about national inclusivity. Glad to welcome them to Mombasa. Karibuni wangwana!
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