Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa has cautioned Kilifi residents against blindly signing the BBI signature forms, saying that the document is not fit for them. – By Ramadhan Kambi.
Speaking during a cultural event in Malindi, Ms Jumwa, a fiery politician and a member of the Deputy President William Ruto’s Tanga Tanga team poked holes on the ongoing BBI signature drive asking the reisdents to read the document carefully before appending their signatures.
“I want to tell Governor Amason Kingi that if you really care about the people of Kilifi, and before you launch the signature collection for the people of Kilifi about the bill, then first give it out for the people to read,” said Ms Jumwa.
She said that the locals had not seen the BBI report together with the Bill and asking the locals to sign it is uncalled for at this moment.
“To our people, please don’t just sign for a document that it’s content you are not aware of. How can you sign for a document you have never seen? We never saw the BBI report, never saw the bill. So, whether to sign or not, then we must first see the bill and read it before making decision. If we shall not see the Bill then we shall not sign,” said Ms Jumwa.
The Malindi MP expressed her fears that the government machinery has the capability of passing the bill but urged the residents to be keen because the document might end up in being a burden for them.
“You can append your signature only to allow for the taking over of your land. Let’s be carefully. We want to tell Governor Kingi not to force us sign the document because we have not seen the report.
Let us be careful because this thing might not resonate well with us. We shall only put our signatures after we read the document. Let’s trade carefully before we cry at last,” she said.
The signing of the BBI document has been met with different reactions in Kilifi County even as Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi is expected to launch the signature exercise in Kilifi town today. Several politicians including MPs, MCAs and opinion leaders have been invited for the event at the Governor’s office.