A meeting meant to drum of support for the Building Bridges Initiative BBi kicked off today in Kisii county attended by a host of MPs and governors allied to the opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Also in attendance was Interior CS Fred Matiangi and ODM leader Raila Odinga .
Kirinyaga governor Ann Waiguru who has been angling herself as Mt. Kenya kingpin reiterated the call for inclusivity through an expanded executive to be achieved through a referendum .
Insisting that the BBi train had left the station, Waiguru said the whole of Mt Kenya is fully behind BBi and Raila Odinga. She also asked the region to be ready for a Raila Presidency.
“I want to assure you Raila Odinga and the people of Kisii, the whole of Mt Kenya is fully behind the handshake and Raila Odinga. We are also ready for his presidency, something that has never happened, am also there, am interested in something up there”, said Waiguru much to the applause of the delegates.
Ann Waiguru together with the Kieleweke faction of Jubilee have become the vocal face of handshake and BBi in the greator Mt. Kenya region. However, the group has faced resistance from locals majority of whom insist the deal between Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto still exists.
Today’s meeting comes just days before another mega event at Bukhungu stadium next week dubbed the luhya BBi meeting expected to be graced by Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has never attended any major political rally since the 2017 repeat election and it remains to be seen whether he will honor invitation by the organizer Francis Atwoli.
Kisii Governor James Ongwae, the host, said the BBi meeting was apolitical bringing together different leaders from across the political divide
“We are meeting here as leaders from all regions and from all political parties and there is no partisan politics at all,” he said.
According to the governor, the forum was meant to ensure BBi is understood by people down to the grassroots.
The governor also requested the interior ministry to expedite the printing of BBi copies.