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President Uhuru: Support The BBI Bill, Were It Not For The Handshake, Babu Owino Would Be Throwing Stones At Me

President Uhuru: Support The BBI Bill, Were It Not For The Handshake, Babu Owino Would Be Throwing Stones At Me

President Uhuru Kenyatta drummed up support for the BBI Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 in Nairobi Friday, saying that its proposals will transform the economic fortunes of ordinary Kenyans.

The head of state called on Kenyans to reject  empty promises from those not offering tangible solutions to problems facing the majority of Kenyans.

“I am telling you, take what is being presented to you not what is being promised. You can take the promise later.” He said

adding,

“Why reject (BBI) because you have been promised something else. It’s like someone telling you don’t go to your Kshs.300 work today because there is a Kshs.1000 job tomorrow.   Why are you being lied to? Take what is at hand.” The President posed amid cheers from a the crowd.

The President also dismissed claims that he was pushing for the adoption of the BBI for his political goodwill. He maintains that after expiry of his term, he will be going home, only focused in leaving the country in good stead.

“As Uhuru Kenyatta, how will I benefit personally when in a real sense I am not even going to be the president? This is for you. It is your right. Why is someone saying you have no right to have it.” He said

Speaking when he officially opened the Soweto Level 2 hospital and Community Water Supply projects in Kayole, the President said his handshake with the Former Prime Minister and ODM leader Raila Odinga was good for the country as it ended political confrontations that had become the order of the day.

“We resort to dialogue because we don’t want to see people fighting. We don’t want to see neighbors turning against each other because of tribalism. If as leaders we cannot dialogue, then we are leading our people to chaos.” He said

Adding that ever since the handshake, the country has had a lot of peace.

“Is that not the case? Aren’t Kenyans living in harmony? Are they not walking together or eating together?  What wrong did I do?” he asked.

Uhuru said Kenya is at a stage where no leader can rule by force but by embracing others and asked Kenyans to support BBI saying it was the only way to guarantee lasting peace.

“Did we make a mistake by deciding to work together? Babu Owino is here with me, were it not for the handshake, he would be throwing stones at me.” He said

The President welcomed the decision by Nairobi County Assembly members to pass the BBI Bill when it came up for debate Thursday.

“I want to thank the Nairobi MCAs for doing a good job in passing the BBI bill with an overwhelming majority,” he said

The President says through BBI, the country is keen to resolve issues that leave citizens constantly fighting.

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