Inua Mama-Jenga taifa at Isiolo town

Inua Mama Jenga Taifa Initiative has vowed to oppose the Building Bridge Initiative proposals if they do not address the key issues affecting Kenyans.

The more than 25 legislators also warned that if BBI’s aim was to create positions for “certain individuals”, they would mobilize Kenyans across the country to oppose the recommendations.

Speaking in Marsabit and Isiolo counties, the women MPs said they would only support reforms aimed at transforming the welfare of Kenyans at the grassroots.

Group leader Alice Wahome, who is also the Kandara MP, said: “We are awaiting the BBI report. If it is to serve personal interests and benefit some individuals, we will reject it.”

Wahome said women were well informed and would only follow leaders who are pro-development.

Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa said women want BBI to recommend issues that will improve their well-being and that of youth and all other Kenyans.

Jumwa said over Sh 10 billion spent on BBI stand to be wasted if the provision were intended to create posts for certain individuals.

Among the issue women want addressed in the BBI report include job creation for youths and women, health, education and infrastructure development.

“As women, we have our irreducible minimum. If it is not about bringing money to the grassroots, then it will be dead on arrival,” she explained.

Turbo MP Janet Sitienei said women would support any initiative that promoted the one person vote one principle and guaranteed equitable distribution of resources.

Narok Women Rep Soipan Tuya pointed, out: “If BBI does not look into the welfare of pastoralists and women, we will throw it out.”

At the two meetings, the women leaders donated water tanks,cooking gas cylinders, posho mills and utensils to various women groups.

They also gave mattresses to Marsabit Prison and many goodies to the Missionaries of Charity Home of Hope and financial aids towards table banking.

Many leaders addressed the two meetings, including Jayne Kihara (Naivasha), Anab Gure (Garissa), Joyce Rehema Jaldesa (Isiolo), Charity Kathambi (Njoro), Faith Gitau (Nyandarua) Catherine Wambilianga (Bungoma) and Nasri Ibrahim (nominated) Rahab Mukami (Nyeri).

Wambilianga urged women to pray for peace in the country, while Anab told women to take part in politics.

Others who spoke were Beatrice Nkatha (Tharaka Nithi), Catherine Waruguru (Laikipia), Lydia Haika (Taita-Taveta),Iman Falhada and Florence Jematia (East Africa Legislative Assembly).

The meetings were also addressed by Liza Chelule (Nakuru), Mary Wamaua (Maragua), Naomi Wako (Nominated Senator), Wangui Ngirici (Kirinyaga), Halima Muceke (nominated MP), Rehema Hassan (TanaRiver), Mary Seneta (nominated), Florence Bole (Kericho),Tecla Tum(Nandi) and Christine Zawadi (nominated).


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