Tunai backs BBI, vows to translate document into vernacular

Narok Governor, Samwel Tunai compares notes with Deputy President William Ruto at a function in Narok. .Photo/File

By Ben Leshau

One of  Deputy President William Ruto’s closest political ally, Narok Governor Samuel Tunai has joined the campaign to popularize the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020.

After several months of silence, Mr. Tunai broke his silence over
issue saying the document should be translated into local dialect to enable the Maa community understand its content before voting for it.

Speaking during the launch of  a Sh45 million water project
at Olaimutiai in Narok East constituency, the governor said he has agreed with his Kajiado counterpart Joseph ole Lenku to spearhead the campaign to collect signatures in support of the Bill.

Tunai attended the event at KICC where President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga launched  the collection of a million signatures in support of the proposed changes to the constitution.

Dr. Ruto skipped the event saying he was never invited.

“We met as Narok/Kajiado economic bloc (Nakaeb) and agreed that we are going to translate the document into local dialect and popularize it through vernacular radio stations for our community to understand and make own decision,” Tunai stated.

He reiterated that as local leaders they will fund experts from the
community to educate the populace on the BBI document for them to make an informed choices.

The Narok East MP Lemanken Aramat who is an ally of the DP Ruto declined to talk on the document, saying that they had been advised against talking over it until their “Tanga Tanga” brigade agree before making their stand on the document known.

“We had breakfast with DP Ruto this morning and we agreed with other leaders that no one should talk about the document until when the team will address the media,” noted Mr Aramat.

At the same time, Governor Tunai besieged the wrangling group ranch members to withdraw the court cases  pending and resolve for out of court agreements claiming that the court cases had delayed issuance of title deeds.

“Most group ranches are yet to get title deeds even after land
subdivision. The more the cases remain in court the more
you (members) continue to benefit lawyers. We as leaders, elders are ready to handle these cases. Withdraw these cases and let us solve them locally,”pleaded Tunai.

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