Politicians and technocrats associated with Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday, November 26 changed their stands in relation to the BBI after the report was released.
The leaders who have been extremely vocal on criticising the team that was formulated after the ‘handshake’ between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, started praising the final document that was presented to the president bye chairman of the committee, Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji.
Led by Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, the leaders one by one took to social media to praise the document claiming that it held the vision of the President and the jubilee party.
Sudi stated that he actually for the first time agreed with the BBI report as it did not contain the ‘Tsunami’ that Odinga had predicted and had forced him to be adamantly campaigning against it.
“For the first time I fully agree with the BBI Report, Kumbe Hakuna Tsunami (So there is no Tsunami),” Sudi wrote on Facebook.
Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen also took to Facebook to express his support further give reasons for his new stand on the BBI.
“I support the BBI Report because of 1. It’s Presidents own report and largely reflects the views of Jubilee 2.Doesn’t require a referendum we’ll sort it in Parliament 3.Subject to further discussion and review 4.contrary to earlier threats, doesn’t amount to a Tsunami 5. Doesn’t overburden mwananchi,” Murkomen stated.
Dennis Itumbi who is well known for his adamant support for the DP took to twitter claiming to have gone through all the 156 pages of the documents declared support for the majority of its proposals.
Itumbi further claimed the little that was not up to par could be easily sorted by the national assembly and the senate when the document is presented for discussion.
“Just finished reading the 156-page BBI report that will be made public later today (Wednesday, November 27). I agree with most of its recommendations, I disagree with a few but I know parliament will sort those ones. I hope the Coffee, Miraa, Tea, Milk and Sugar reports will be attached,” Itumbi announced.
Nominated senator Millicent Omanga expressed her surprise at how the document had turned out to be more ‘friendly’ than they initially thought.
She went on to list her reasons for supporting the document with the tax holiday on new and small businesses to support youth entrepreneurship and job creation being top of her list.
“Banning Public Officers from doing business with the government. This will fight corruption in public service, 5 per cent to whistleblowers of the recovered proceeds from corruption deals. Again litigating the corruption menace, will not burden Kenyans with an expensive referendum, the changes can be amended through parliament,” Omanga concluded.
Garissa Town MP Aden Duale was not to be left behind with him expressing faith that the National Assembly would be able to discuss the recommendations of the documents and get a common resolution.
Former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale took to facebook to Mock ODM and the leaders wo were advocating for the parliamentary system.
“Presidential System it is!, the so-called Tsunami that we were threatened with ain’t coming, the divisive referendum ain’t there. position of Majority Leader has merely been renamed Prime Minister,” Khalwale stated.