President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday launched the Building Bridges (BBI) Initiative at the Bomas of Kenya with most speakers calling for unity.
Mr. Kenyatta who spoke before over 4700 delegates draw from all counties across the country said that leaders should act with maturity and stop making careless statements just to make them popular.
“For a long time, we have decided that speaking on podiums and making careless remarks is the best way to be heard. This has dragged down development. We focus on what makes us popular or that helps the person we support,” he said.
On his part, Deputy President William Ruto said that the process should address the challenges facing Kenyans and should not just be used by politicians to serve their interests.
“We should ensure that this process is not hijacked by politicians and used to share positions but should also address the huge divide between the people who have jobs and the millions who are unemployed,” said the DP.
He said that the event was historic and will go down in history that President Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga went out to your way to bring this country together.
ODM leader Raila Odinga said that the BBI proposal will bar public servants from doing business with Government or even outside government saying that will eliminate conflict of interest.
He added that the process wasn’t aimed at benefiting individuals but aimed at uniting Kenyans.
“We agreed with President Uhuru Kenyatta that we can unite Kenya. These are not proposals seeking to benefit Raila Odinga, they are proposals seeking to unite Kenyans.”
Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) taskforce Yusuf Haji Chairman on his part pleaded to implementation the report with far-reaching recommendations.
“We hope this report will be implemented so that it doesn’t end up gathering dust in the shelves,” Haji said, “It is a good report because it has views from all Kenyans and it is aimed at ensuring inclusivity for a better Kenya,” he said.
Haji said Kenyans did not want the report to suffer a similar fate as that of the previous reports touching on outstanding national issues, whose implementation has never even started as the case of the Waki report, the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) and the Kriegler report.
“We have done our work, we have handed the report to President Kenyatta who has asked all Kenyans to read and understand it and make their decision,” he said.