Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa has asked the government to hasten the printing and distribution of BBi copies to facilitate public participation. The interior ministry had earmarked Ksh. 5 billion to translate, print and distribute several million copies of BBi.
“The government is set to use a Sh.5 billion for the translation, printing and distribution of 5 million copies of BBi”, said the Treasury CS while requesting parliament to approve the funds.
This according to the government is meant to enable access to the document by close to 20 million people as part of the public participation. The BBI report will be translated to Kiswahili and local dialects for easy understanding by a majority of Kenyans and distributed to households via area chiefs.
If the request for further funds is approve by Parliament, this will bring the total cost of the initiative so far to over sh.15 billion. The BBi task force is said to have used Sh.10 billion–a figure that was neither budgeted for nor audited.
Recently President Uhuru Kenyatta extended the term of BBi taskforce for unknown period of time to collect second round of views. The President also appointed a committee of experts to help the taskforce draft the necessary articles to be presented to a referendum. However, the two committees have not started work since they have not been gazetted and their terms of service set. Kenyatta’s decision to extend BBi taskforce period has been condemned by some kenyans who feel the BBi taskforce team did a good job in preparing a document that was accepted by majority of Kenyans.
Just recently during the burial of Hon. Rigathi Gachagua’s mother in Nyeri, Deputy President William Ruto stunned the crowd when he revealed that Uhuru Kenyatta was cleverly playing Raila Odinga by buying time with BBi.
A further Sh. 30 billion will be required for a referendum according to IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati.
The wanton misuse of funds by government comes at a time when Treasury is grappling with missed tax targets. Already the government has cut funding to key sectors like Judiciary–a move that’s likely to ground critical services.