President Uhuru Kenyatta and Irungu Kang'ata

Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata writes a letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta stating that the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is unpopular in the Head of State’s native Mt Kenya region.

Kang’ata says only two in ten people in Central Kenya support the BBI, a finding he said is based on his investigations over the Christmas holidays.

The two in most cases were old people. Noting that youths were out of the BBI equation in the region.

In a clear letter covering several other issues, the Murang’a Senator told the President that a ruling party candidate could be defeated in the forthcoming election of Nairobi Governor, saying such an outcome would upset the government and threaten its legislative agenda in the Houses of Parliament.

According to Kang’ata only two out of ten respondents backed the BBI, two others were indifferent while six opposed it; out of the six, majority were women and youth, men above 50 were listed as among the bulk of few supporters.

While acknowledging that his survey was not scientific, Kang’ata called for a more structured survey with properly classified respondents, scientific sampling procedures, employment of good research tools and questionnaires, further urging the President to use his other sources of information to confirm or counter his conclusion.

The Majority Whip, in the letter, confirmed that though most of his respondents were from Murang’a County, the sample size was big enough for him to make a reasonable conclusion.

“Your Excellency, I concede I may be wrong. I wish I was wrong and that my views are a mere pessimistic view of things. However, if I am right and we do not take urgent remedial measures, I will pin myself permanently in the pillar of the shame of spectacular defeat,” he wrote.

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