Blow to Uhuru as Mt. Kenya MPs shun Safari Park BBI caucus, to hold parallel meeting

Mt. Kenya MPs shun Uhuru Safari park BBI caucus
President Uhuru Kenyatta at Subukia Shrine on February 22, 2020. Photo| Courtesy

President Uhuru Kenyatta has been dealt a blow after Jubilee MPs vowed to boycott a meeting convened for Mt. Kenya MPs to be held at Safari Park hotel today.

The meeting now hangs in the balance after a majority of the legislators said they will shun the meeting an instead hold a parallel one at Panafric Hotel.

The Safari Park meeting was convened by top Mt. Kenya tycoons with the blessings of President Uhuru Kenyatta under the auspices of Mount Kenya Foundation and Central Region Economic Block (CEREB).

Mount Kenya Foundation is a group made of Mt. Kenya billionaires that have been deciding the trajectory of Mt. Kenya politics behind the scenes. Its members include former Equity Chaiman Peter Munga and Equity CEO James Mwangi among others.

CEREB on the hand other hand is an economic block that brings together Mt. Kenya counties but has lately been turned into a political caucus to cheer support for the BBI.

Both meetings will start at 630 pm.

The Safari Park meeting according to a source is meant to deliberate on the BBI report and come up with a common position ostensibly in support of the document.

“Your input in the consultations towards a regional position on the BBI will be greatly appreciated”, read an invite seen by Daily Star

The political rift in Central has threatened to split the mountain right through its peak.

But in what might be a blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta who is said to have ordered the Safari Park meeting convened due to the growing opposition against the BBI, a section of Mt. Kenya MPs will hold a parallel meeting at Panafric Hotel to deliberate on the same and in effect water down the outcome of the Safari park meeting.

By close of business yesterday, a total of 56 MPs from Central region had confirmed attendance of the Panafric Hotel meeting with the number expected to rise to about 100.

President Uhuru’s bid to sell the BBI in his backyard has received equal backlash from members of parliament, MCAs and locals and Uhuru is said to be turning to influential tycoons in the region to help tilt the tide in his favor.

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Uhuru is said to be backing for constitutional changes to give him a third term in office.

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But the glamour for amendments comes a mid growing public debt, wage bill and a deteriorating economy that has hurt the common mwananchi.

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