Youthful leaders drawn from the Orange Democratic Movement, KANU and Jubilee party today held a joint press conference where they declared their unwavering support for the BBI report. The youthful folks, who were led by OYL president John Ketora, said they will mobilize other youths to support the BBI process. The BBI document has so far been praised by the youths who form a large fraction of the country’s population.
The document has promised a to give graduates a 4year grace period before they kickstart the repayment of their HELB loans. The report has also promised to give all start-ups that are owned by youths a 7 year tax holiday. These among others have been the major boosts for the population hence their commitment to support the report. Their move comes just a day after over 300 MPs and senators pledged to mobilize Kenyans behind the report.
The MPs made the commitment at a controversial retreat that was convened in Naivasha by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner Raila Odinga. The retreat was however criticised for being a by-partisan grouping since only Mps allied to the president and the former prime minister were invited. Legislators allied to Deputy President William Ruto are still opposed to the document. They have called on the president to consider calling a dialogue so that certain provisions of the document can be ammended.
DP Ruto has also voiced his concerns about the country going to a contested referendum. He has called on the proponents to embrace a consensus so that parts of the document can be reviewed. The second in command has proposed that if the document is ammended through a consensus, the country will pass the document in a non-contested referendum and hence save money. He has called out imaginary cartels who are pushing the nation into holding a referendum so that they can make money from the polls.