- The collection of BBI signatures was postponed on Wednesday, November 18, by the national secretariat
- Its co-chairpersons Junet Mohamed and Dennis Waweru cited late completion and publication of the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020 as its main reason for delaying the process
- Nominated Jubilee Senator Millicent Omanga claimed the BBI proponents had "sensed defeat" and had to delay the process
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Deputy President William Ruto's allies have celebrated after the collection of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) signatures which was set to be launched on Thursday, November 19, was postponed by the national secretariat.
The BBI secretariat co-chairpersons Junet Mohamed (Member of Parliament Suna East) and Dennis Waweru cited late completion and publication of the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020 as its main reason for delaying the process.
“The postponement has been necessitated by the late completion and publication of the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020 which is scheduled for printing later tonight," part of the memo released on Wednesday, November 18 read.Senator Cherargei ridicules Uhuru's legacy project: "Big Four agenda is a scam"
Soon after the news broke out, several Tanga Tanga politicians trooped to their social media pages to express their views.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen commended President Uhuru Kenyatta for adjourning the process so as to give room for dialogue.
"I congratulate President Kenyatta for against all odds/pressure postponing the BBI signatures launch to provide room for consensus. This is the president I knew. Let’s now have meaningful engagement for win-win result. We only have one Kenya let’s listen to all voices," he tweeted.
Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot opined the BBI reggae being championed by pro-handshake supporters led by former prime minister Raila Odinga and Uhuru had been paused due to the setback.
"It seems the vultures circling around the National Treasury awaiting the chance to raid the public purse via BBI campaigns will have to wait a bit longer. Reggae slowly becoming Ragga," he wrote on his Twitter handle.BBI taskforce member told me they never drafted report, Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina
Nominated Jubilee Senator Millicent Omanga on the other hand, claimed the BBI proponents had "sensed defeat" and had to delay the process.
"Collection of BBI referendum signatures hits a snag. Definitely they've sensed defeat. Kenya wins.
TUKO.co.ke understands the signatures launch was postponed after a three-hour meeting between Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto who has been calling for a win-win formula to pave way for a non-contested referendum.
Raila had on Friday, November 13, confirmed the collection of one million BBI signatures was set to begin this week as he castigated the bishops who criticised the BBI report and said they had the chance to give their views.