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Kikuyu elders dismiss anti-BBI ruling, call for Mt Kenya unity

Kikuyu Council of Elders (KCE) has warned that that ruling by the five-bench was a part of the grand scheme to deny Mt Kenya region its rights and keep it marginalized.

Speaking in Nairobi on Friday, KCE chairman Wachira Kiago said the proposed 70 new constituencies with some were going to correct historical injustices in Mt Kenya region was the only reason some people are opposed to BBI.

He said he was shocked to see judges attack President Uhuru personally yet he has been elected as president by Kenyans to lead them and is now serving his second and final term.

“That the judges spent time to plan and attack the president personally, with a tone that completely lacked respect was very telling. It is obvious they used the court case to settle personal scores with the President,’’ he said.

He said jugdes are expected to be sober, just and impartial while making judgements – and it was sad to see them play to the public gallery.

Kiago said BBI received overwhelming support from 44 county assemblies out of 47 and more than two thirds of votes from both houses of Parliament – and therefore cannot be trashed in an offhand manner the way the judges did.

He said this was an important moment for the Mt Kenya region to pause and reflect and see through the schemes to keep the region marginalized especially on representation.

Kiago said BBI was borne out of the need to foster everlasting national unity, build a stronger more resilient country but the ruling paints the judges as people who do not live in Kenya and are removed from the realities of the day.

Kiago joined a host of other leaders and legal professionals that have dismissed the ruling that declared the BBI process null and void.

Lawyer Paul Mwangi who was part of the BBI Steering Committee said even the petitioners were shocked by the ruling saying the judges took over the case to engage in activism and settle imaginary scores with the President.

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