Mt Kenya region’s leaders believe the Gikuyu, Meru and Embu (Gema) communities must play their cards well to ensure a stake in the next government, whoever forms it.
This was one of the major resolutions of Saturday’s Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally at Kinoru Stadium in Meru County.
Mt Kenya region presented a 10-point demand to the BBI taskforce, as read by Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia.
- Agriculture: allocation of at least 30 percent of national revenue to support the sector
- Sharing of resources: principle of allocation of revenue using a ‘one man, one vote, one shilling’ principle
- Devolution: not less than 45 percent be allocated to counties.
- Creation of county ward development funds: at least 30 percent of county allocation to go to the Ward Development Fund.
- Fifty percent of the Ward Development Fund be ring-fenced for youth’s support and empowerment as well as de-listing of youths under 35 per cent from the Credit Reference Bureau (CRB).
- Introduction of proportional representation system in the most effective means of overachieving the quality of the vote and implementation of the two-thirds gender rule
- National ethos: no Kenyan should be victimised or considered an outsider in his or her own country. All Kenyans should be projected in the pursuit of prosperity.
- Creation of an inclusive executive consisting of a president, deputy president, prime minister, two deputy prime ministers. Formation of a national council that will also include a chief justice.
- Allocation of five percent of all public appointments to people living with disabilities
- Support for President Kenyatta’s decision to build bridges through the BBI.