Mt Kenya region Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) have pledged to pass the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill promptly.

The MCAs made the deal during a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta at Sagana State Lodge on Friday.

According to a statement by State House, ten county assemblies assured President Kenyatta that they would pass the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) legislation within the required legal timeline.

"Ten County Assemblies have today assured President Kenyatta that they will pass the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) legislation within the required legal timeline.

"The assurance by Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Murang'a, Nyandarua, Kiambu, Laikipia and Nakuru County Assemblies was made Friday at Sagana State Lodge in Nyeri County during a meeting between the Head of State and 550 Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) and their respective leadership teams," part of the statement read. 

At the same time, Kenyatta questioned the motive of those opposed to equal allocation of national resources to all parts of the country and cautioned Kenyans against politics of deceit perfected by some leaders.

“It is our responsibility as leaders to ensure we do justice and not to threaten or insult others. We need to ensure justice and development for those who elected us,” the President said adding that his biggest wish for Kenya is unity and progress.

“What I never want to see in our country is bloodshed because of politics and leadership. Since I would never want to see incidents that occurred in 2007, I said it’s better I humble myself for our citizens to live in peace,” the President rallied the County leaders.

President Uhuru Kenyatta arriving at Sagana State Lodge. 

According to a statement issued by State House spokesperson Kanze Dena, the Head of State will inspect Government projects and hold several meetings with leaders and residents from the region.  

"During his visit to Central Kenya region, President Uhuru Kenyatta will launch several complete National Government development projects and inspect ongoing programmes."

"The Head of state will also hold meetings with leadership and Residents of the Region to discuss national programmes among the Big4 Agenda, Building Bridges Initiative(BBI), Curriculum reforms, and the fight against COVID-19 among others," Kanze stated. 

BBI Draft Bill at Counties 

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Tuesday announced that it had verified 1.14 million BBI signatures.

According to Article 257 of the Constitution, once the electoral body verifies at least one million registered voters, it shall proceed to submit the draft Bill to each of the 47 counties for consideration within three months.

If it gets the approval of at least 24 counties, the Bill shall be introduced in the National Assembly and Senate.