Opponents and proponents of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) have been urged to move on and shift focus to the country’s growth now that the Supreme Court has pronounced itself over the divisive issue.
Laikipia Women Representative Catherine Waruguru urged President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Orange Democratic (ODM) leader Raila Odinga and other party leaders to work together in reviving the country’s economy.
She told a congregation at Full Gospel Church of Kenya (F.G.C.K), Mwireri in Laikipia East Sub County that it was time the leaders focused on the revival of the economy now that the BBI was behind us.
“We respect our courts’ decision and their independence in making the ruling but we must forge ahead with things that matter at the moment now that Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is behind us,” Waruguru said.
“Businesses are not doing well and what people are interested in is how they can put money in their pockets,” the legislator said.
She further called on Governor Ndiritu Muriiithi’s administration not to burden residents with taxes but rather find ways of boosting their investments.
“Businesses have been severely affected by Covid-19 scourge. Do not increase debts in the name of infrastructural bonds. For instance, if you are paying Sh5, 000 for a kiosk licence, you will be expected to pay double of that,” Waruguru told congregants.
Governor Muriithi’s administration was set to float the bond in the stock market to finance its infrastructure projects for 2021/2022 financial year when approved by the National Treasury, National Assembly, Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) and Capital Market Authority (CMA) and Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC). However, the County Assembly expunged it in the 2021/2022 county Sh8.1 budget thus resulting to delay in the budget approval.