Thika Town MP Patrick Wainaina says Parliament should now adopt and enact into law the good BBI report for the common good of the country.
He said some clauses like increasing funding to the counties were beneficial especially to the Mt. Kenya region since they were meant to accelerate development at the grassroots and need not be trashed away along with the document.
He said despite the blow on the BBI report, legislators should sieve the beneficial proposals and enact them into law in Parliament.
The MP spoke as a seven-judge Court of Appeal bench upheld an earlier decision by the High Court to nullify any attempt to amend the constitution through the BBI.
“All is not lost because we believe some proposals that are beneficial to the country, especially the allocation of more resources to the counties should be enacted into law by Parliament; otherwise, it was a good chance to strengthen devolution. It was the only way to check unemployment and reduce poverty,” Wainaina said.
BBI had proposed a 35 percent increase in county funding from the current 15 percent, as well as adding 70 more constituencies in the country to reduce inequalities.
Before the nullification, Wainaina had welcomed the addition of extra constituencies as his Thika constituency would have been split into two.
He had claimed that the CDF that his office receives was overstretched, saying he was being forced to give out between Sh3,000-Sh10,000 as a bursary.
“BBI is good for Mt. Kenya region. There are a lot of goodies, especially additional constituencies and increased funding. However, we don’t support the addition of top seats as proposed,” he said in an earlier event.
He was speaking during a graduation ceremony for students of Cascade Institute of Hospitality in Thika town yesterday.
He called on politicians to now work into coming up with solutions to the challenges affecting the country including the Covid-19 health crisis.
The independent MP called on other politicians in the Mount Kenya region to unite and speak with one voice ahead of the 2022 elections.
He hailed efforts by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua and Mwangi Kiunjuri of The Service Party to bring the Mountain communities together and chart a common front.
“While it is healthy to have political parties representing the region, it is equally important to form a united front and speak with one voice as we champion the interests of our people,” the lawmaker said.