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Inside The Hush Meetings at Atwoli’s Home

This Saturday, there was yet another strategy meeting at the Central Organisation of Trade Unions Secretary-General Francis Atwoli’s Ildamat home in Kajiado County, one of the many that have been held at his premises since the beginning of the pandemic.

The meeting was attended by Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe, embattled Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, Homa Bay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga, Fatuma Gedi (Wajir), Mishi Mboko (Likoni), Naisula Lesuuda (Samburu West), former Nairobi Speaker Beatrice Elachi, and National Gender and Equality Commission chairperson Priscilla Nyokabi.

This is in an effort to help President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga have a referendum by March next year.

Allies of the two leaders have now confirmed that the much-awaited Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report could be out by the end of this month.

During the meeting, the group is said to have discussed the resumption of BBI rallies now that the government has practically flattened the curve.

For over five hours, the team led discussions with “Team Embrace Kenya” – a women lobby group in support of BBI –at the centre of it all pushing the rallying of the country to back the envisioned amendments to the supreme law.

A few days ago, Atwoli hosted Kanu chairman Gideon Moi, Siaya Senator James Orengo, 2013 presidential candidate Peter Kenneth, National Assembly Deputy Majority Whip Maore Maoka, and other influential pro-handshake politicians to make sure the referendum is held ahead of the 2022 General Election in what is set to change the country’s political landscape as well as shape Uhuru’s succession.

“The Saturday meeting was part of our strategy for BBI. We are prepared to drum up support for the BBI and referendum,” said Atwoli, while confirming the meeting.

“We are sure there would be minimal opposition to the document once it is made public by the two principals anytime soon. Anyone opposed to the proposed changes is daydreaming and will be shocked by the outcome,” said Atwoli.



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