ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi continues to wade into the BBi storm in the wake up of extended BBi taskforce period for another 6 months. Musalia has now thrashed the BBi extension as a waste of time and taxpayers money. Yesterday, Uhuru Kenyatta gazetted the Yusuf Haji led team for an extended mandate that ends in July this year that will see the team validate the initial BBi report by taking into consideration fresh views from the public. According to Mudavadi, the gazette notice does not clearly define the mandate of the steering committee and as such its work may amount to duplication of its initial report. Musalia now wants the President to revoke the gazette notice to allow for wider and inclusive consultations.
In the same vein, activist Okiyah Omtatah has moved to court under a certificate of urgency seeking to block President Uhuru Kenyatta from extending BBi taskforce period. Omtatah wants the Gazette notice quashed saying its unconstitutional and irregular. In court papers, Okiyah Omtatah says the President erred in law since the process lacked public participation as required by law and that it is a private process that should not use public funds.
The sustained onslaught against BBi by Mudavadi and Deputy President William Ruto comes in the wake of planned BBi rallys by pro-handsake team. This week, the group will be in Bukunghu stadium in Kakamega for a luhya BBi meeting. Already Mudavadi, Wetangula and majority of MPs from Western Kenya have said they will be boycotting the ‘ODM’ event organised by Cotu Boss Francis Atwoli and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya. Other rallys are planned for Central and Coast in the coming weeks.
Sources indicate that the Mudavadi led group have organised a parallel rally in Mumias to discuss the plight of sugarcane farmers and the revival of Mumias Sugar company.
Political pundits believe the extension of BBi taskforce period for 6 months is a blow to Raila Odinga who has been agitating for a referendum by June this year. With the steering committee set to hand its report by June 2020, it means that any glamour for amendment will have to wait until July.