For BBI to succeed, all voices must be heard

President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre), Deputy President William Ruto (left) and ODM leader Raila Odinga at the Bomas of Kenya during the launch of the BBI report.

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  • Great world cities have built roads, railways and stations underground.



Bridging gaps • For BBI to succeed, the initiators, President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga, should allow other voices in to bridge the differences between its backers and opposers, says Richard Kihara. “The more they dig into their own positions, the differences will widen and make the construction of the bridge difficult. Only fools do not change their minds,” he warns. His contact is rkihara7@gmail.com.

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Too young? • As BBI proposals draw mixed reactions, Eliab Otiato is not amused by comments by Cotu boss Francis Atwoli and others that when President Uhuru Kenyatta “will be too young to go away” when his term ends in 2020. “Surely, he will be nearly 60. The Prime Minister’s position seems targeted at benefiting him and not ‘Wanjiku’ (ordinary Kenyan).” His contact is mabwaeliab@gmail.com.

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Inclusivity • By brushing off people like Narc-Party leader Martha Karua by declaring that the BBI report will only undergo small edits, President Kenyatta’s “Handshake” partner Odinga is, ironically, making it difficult to build bridges, says Jim Webo. “If it is meant to benefit all Kenyans, then one or two people should not be in the driving seat while keeping others at bay.”

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Bad road • The Njoro-Elburgon-Molo-Mau Summit road that runs parallel to the Nakuru-Eldoret highway is an appalling condition, moans Mario Weru. “What did we do to deserve this? When they started digging up the potholes and filling them with murram, we were elated, but it was short-lived. We want this short-term measure as we wait for an overhaul in 2030!” His contact is marioweru@gmail.com.

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Underground stage • Great world cities have built roads, railways and stations underground, says X.N. Iraki. “I have in mind London, New York and Toronto. Why not build a matatu stage under Nairobi’s Railway Club? The proposed matatu stage (at the club) will create a traffic gridlock and interrupt the ‘green belt’ from Chiromo to the Railway golf course.” His contact is xniraki@gmail.com.

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