BBI Report & County Strategic Plan

Laikipia Senator John Kinyua has called for sober approach to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) debate saying that Kenyans should not get excited before the report is made public.

Kinyua urged Kenyans to wait until the BBI report is released in order to examine its recommendations and decide whether it was good for the country or not.

The senator urged Kenyans not to jump the gun before the report is made public.

Speaking during the launch of the Laikipia County Assembly Strategic Plan for 2019-2023, he however noted that Mt Kenya region would not support the report if it does not address their interestest especially in equal representation.

Mt. Kenya region he said should be keen to see the BBI address fair distribution of resources and representation.

He cited a county like Garissa that has a population of slightly over 200,000 residents yet it had five constituencies and compared it with Laikipia with a population of half a million yet it had only three constituencies.

He said some wards in Laikipia had more registered voters than constituencies in North Eastern Kenya and these are the issues that should be looked at in the report and if not so there is no reason to agree with it.

Governor Ndiritu Muriithi steered clear of the BBI issue and lauded the assembly for the strategic plan saying that it would enhance capacity building between the Executive and the legislature.

Ndiritu said that there was need to strengthen devolution and called on the assembly to work hand in hand with the executive in empowering its staff and members for proper running of the county.

The sentiments were echoed by Speaker Patrick Waigwa who noted that they have incorporated capacity building for the staff and the MCAs in the Five Year Plan as a way of making sure that they are up to date with what is required of them in implementing the roles of a county assembly.

During the function the assembly also launched a Creche where young mothers working in the institution will be taking care of their children in breast feeding, changing diapers among other thing becoming the first of the assemblies in the Country to have such a facility.