Don’t Reduce BBI Into Political Contest, Kalonzo Warns Raila and Ruto

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Machakos, September 13, 2020 – PRESS STATEMENT by WIPER DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT-KENYA

FELLOW KENYANS,
The National Executive Council of the Wiper Democratic Movement-Kenya, having met at Maanzoni Lodge on 12th and 13th September 2020 on a Retreat to review the Party’s Progress and repositioning towards the 2022 General Election, resolved as follows:

THAT, the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is a National Conversation that gives opportunity for Kenyans to reflect on how far we have come as a Nation since the Promulgation of 2010 Constitution.

It provides us with the chance to strengthen Devolution and consolidate gains made under the new dispensation. Importantly, it provides a unique opportunity to address fears and concerns of millions of Kenyans, who feel excluded in our governance structure. As a party we believe in an All -Inclusive Country where no one feels left behind.

Through the BBI Framework, we need to have sobriety in debating issues raised by Kenyans. For that matter, it would be hilarious to reduce the BBI Agenda into a political duel between two leaders.

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THAT, more than ever before, we clearly see why we direly need the BBI Framework; when merchants of violence who thrive in the politics of bitterness and threats are regrouping. Merchants of violence will have no space in post-BBI Kenyan. We are fully in support of the President’s vision to leave behind a peaceful and united nation where no one lives under threats and fear.

THAT, WDM-K, therefore, will traverse the entire country to popularize the initiative and engage robustly with wananchi.

THAT, even as WDM-K supports the BBI Agenda, it is clear that Kenya is not ready for Regional governments. In our view, what is critical for us is to strengthen Devolution and make it work for the common wananchi by creating Ward Development Fund.

THAT, while we commend President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive on anti-corruption agencies to expedite corruption-related cases, we are concerned, just like many other Kenyans, at the slow pace of determining these cases. To uphold integrity in line with Chapter Six of the Constitution.

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We feel it is necessary that those found culpable in such cases should have their bank accounts frozen until their cases are concluded. This will make corruption a high risk and a “Zero-Return” venture.

THAT, as Kenyans may be aware, WDM-K will present a Presidential Candidate in 2022. In this regard, we have digitalized our Party’s Membership Recruitment drive to tap into the Youths, who now form over 70 per cent of our population.

THAT, WDM-K is appalled by the recent political utterances by a section of political leaders that are likely to plunge this country into anarchy, and solemnly declares that such leaders cannot be entrusted with the leadership of this country.

HON. STEPHEN KALONZO MUSYOKA,
LEADER, WIPER DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT-KENYA

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