President Uhuru Kenyatta has reiterated that the Building Bridges Initiative will fix all the problems Kenya has faced since independence. The President who was speaking at the Atlantic Council Forum in the US on Wednesday, said contrary to popular opinion that BBI was a scheme to extend power, the BBI is meant to empower and create jobs for the youth.
“For years, we have been grappling with the issue of unemployment. This is a ticking time bomb as unemployed youth are a threat to the social fabric of a country. But with BBI will fix this since we will have a smooth political process and a good economic growth that will create jobs for our youth”, he said.
Kenyatta also emphasized that BBI will cure the ills that has bedeviled this country for years and urged Kenyans skeptical of the report to fully embrace it.
Uhuru also lauded BBI as a home grown solutions to the periodic wave of chaotic elections and divisive politics experienced after every 5 years saying that BBI will strengthen democracy through inclusivity and by delivering bold reforms ahead of the 2022 elections.
The head of state castigated those opposed to his resolve to bury the hatchet and work with his political Raila Odinga saying it was a right decision that they will not back out from.
“We are focusing on using inclusivity to strengthen our democracy. We want a country where all communities can be represented at the national table so as to disorient the politics of extremism,” he said.
Uhuru further added that his handshake with Raila will create bold reforms that will advance inclusion and eliminate corruption. He urged the US and other countries to emulate Kenya and embed BBI in their political process.
Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga are in US for a prayer breakfast. The duo are expected to explain the handshake and BBI to the Americans and seek their support in pushing for a referendum.