President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday met 24 pro -BBI governors ostensibly to lobby for the passage of referendum bill when its taken to counties for debate. The close door meeting that lasted for several hours at State House Mombasa was secretly guarded that members of the media were not allowed.
The meeting was attended by pro-BBi governors from Jubilee, ODM and Wiper. Those in attendance were Kiranyaga governor Ann Waiguru, Nyandarua governor Francis Kimemia, Charity Ngilu, Hassan Joho, Lee Kinyanjui, Kiraitu Murungi, Alfred Mutua, among others. Majority of ODM elected governors were also in attendance. According to a reliable source abreast with the facts of the meeting, each governor was given Sh 10 million to mobilize MCAs in their respective counties.
President Uhuru Kenyatta while silent on whether he supports a referendum, all indications show he is been pulling the strings behind the scene directing a number of activities geared towards constitutional amendments. Kenyatta’s decision to seek support of 24 counties might have been influenced by Ekuru Aukot Punguza Mizigo Initiative which suffered at the at hands of the ward reps. According to article 257 of the constitution, a constitutional amendment via popular must be supported by at least half of the 47 counties for it to proceed to parliament and eventually be subjected to a referendum.
Uhuru Kenyatta is said to have received intelligence from NIS that the ground is hostile for a referendum and any attempt to force it will suffer the same fate that befell the 2005 referendum. The President is also poised to make some parliamentary leadership changes which is seen as laying ground by putting the ‘right’ people who will support his agenda in parliament. Baringo Senator Gideon Moi is poised to replace Kipchumba Murkomen as Senate Majority leader while Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi will replace Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika.
The President has also directed a number of polices aimed at improving the economy but political analyst sees it as a decoy to hoodwink the public which is against the BBI.