August 3, 2021

Abolish BBI Rallies Forthwith, Taireni Tells Government

Taireni Association of Mijikenda chairperson Peter Ponda addressing speaking to the media at a past function. Image. (Courtesy)

By The Coast Newspaper Team

Taireni Association of Mijikenda has petitioned the government to immediately abolish all BBI countrywide rallies to avert eruption of chaos as witnessed in Mombasa on Friday.

Speaking to the media in Mombasa, Taireni Association of Mijikenda chairperson Peter Ponda termed the move unconstitutional and violates the freedoms rights of Malindi Legislator Aisha Jumwa.

A group of rowdy youths disrupted a media briefing organised the legislator in a Mombasa hotel.

“TAM believes that BBI should serve as an opportunity for the Mijikenda and the Coast people in general to correct the many historical injustices,” he noted.

He says in the recent past politicians have been hijacking the initiative thus risking dividing Kenyans along ethnic lines.

The chair further noted that BBI should address among other issues the long standing historical land injustices in the Coast region.

The chair said “As TAM we will engage our professionals and experts and prepare a memorandum to the BBI secretariat so that it can be cushioned in the final BBI report,”

The chair says the initiative should accommodate the wishes of Coast locals.

He says TAM fully supports BBI as it unites Kenyans and chats a way for a sustainable socio economic development.

 “We are calling on our political representatives from this region not to be lured by politicians who want to use them in order to loot from our region on the expense of our people” he said.

He however called on the politicians to join TAM in putting the demands of the Coast locals.

TAM also wants the immediate replacement of BBI chairman Yusuf Hajj with another Kenyan.

According to him the report will only be credible if the position is non-political.

At the same time, Taireni Association of Mijikenda Treasurer Nelly Mkasi said very few Kenyans are conversant of the contents of the BBI report.

She wants the government to sensitize Kenyans on the report.

She insisted “We condemn this act in the strongest terms possible. Aisha Jumwa enjoys her constitutional rights like any other Kenyan.

Concerning the Saturday’s BBI rally in Mombasa, Mkasi lashed out at the government on claims of sidelining the female gender.

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