President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday at State House, Nairobi held a consultative meeting with governors from Rift Valley who briefed him on the planning of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally scheduled for Saturday, March 21, in Nakuru.
Visibly absent was Nandi Governor Stephen Sang who has been a key ally of Deputy President William Ruto.
A county government insider who spoke to kenyagist.com that the governor did not receive an invitation to the meeting.
“Governor Sang was not invited that is why he did not attend the meeting at Statehouse,” he explained.
President Uhuru Kenyatta when he met Rift Valley governors at State House Kenya on March 9, 2020
When asked about the governor’s stand, he reiterated that the Sang and his team were in support of a report that was inclusive and did not discriminate.
Some of his peers who met Kenyatta at State House included, John Lonyangapuo, Jackson Mandago, Lee Kinyanjui, Alex Tolgos, Hillary Barchok, Paul Chepkwony Stanely Kiptis, Ndiritu Muriithi and Josphat Nanok.
The governors assured the president of their full backing of the BBI process and undertook to ensure unity and inclusion of all stakeholders in the run-up to the Nakuru rally.
According to State House, the governors agreed to back the BBI process for a meeting that had initially been postponed for March 7.
“As the host county, we urge for tolerance and inclusion for the benefit of residents and sobriety in tackling key issues outlined in the BBI,” Kinyanjui stated.
This comes amid calls from Rift Valley MPs demanding that the rally must be attended by President Uhuru, Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Joint attendance and good behaviour are among the conditions set by Ruto allies set for their participation in the consultative forums.
Nandi Governor Stephen sang during a press conference April 19, 2019