Citizen Tv journalist Stephen Letoo has revealed that opposition chief Raila Amollo Odinga is currently holed up in a meeting with all 47 governors of Kenya. Letoo claims that Raila is set to take the county bosses through the effects of the BBI Report on devolution. The ODM party leader and President Uhuru Kenyatta are the key supporters of the document that has been touted as a political game changer. The report, that was launched in the Bomas of Kenya, has met opposition and praise in equal measures.
Governors were among the first supporters after the document proposed allocation of 35% of the national revenue to county governments up from the current 15%. The county bosses have been involved in a push and pull with the national government over revenue allocation. The Council of Governors once tried to force the country into a referendum to compel the national government to send more money to the devolved units.
Raila’s meeting is meant to drum up support for the document as the nation prepares for a possible referendum. The meeting however includes Deputy President William Ruto’s allies. The DP has been incessant that the report must be ammended to include the plights of the ordinary Kenyan. People Living with Disabilities have also voiced their concerns on the shortfalls of the document on issues affecting them.
Led by senator Isaac Mwaura, the leaders have claimed that they will only support the document if it is fine tuned to capture the interests of the disadvantaged group. Another group of legislators drawn from the pastoralists communities have also issued ultimatums to the BBI taskforce. Led by former National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale, the lawmakers insisted that their views to the BBI taskforce have not been included in the final report. Speaking at the presser, Narok senator Ledama Ole Kina maintained that the communities will only back the document if it is ammended to capture their special interests