The consultation process on the Building Bridges Initiative in Kajiado County kicked off Monday following a consultative meeting of elected leaders.
Governor Joseph Ole Lenku, in the late evening meeting in Kajiado town, chaired the meeting which was attended by elected leaders.
Among those who attended the meeting were three MPs, Joseph Manje (Kajiado North), George Sunkuyia (Kajiado West), Katoo ole Metito (Kajiado South) and nominated senator Judy Pareno.
MPs Kanchori Memusi (Kajiado Central) and his Kajiado East counterpart Peris Tobiko skipped the meeting.
The two have been critical to governor Lenku’s leadership and were among the Maa leaders who met in Nairobi on January 23 to announce their support for BBI and appealed for consultations in all the Maa sub-counties.
They were joined by former Kajiado Senator Peter Mositet and politician Tarayia ole Kores.
In the Kajiado meeting on Monday, the leaders agreed to support the BBI and a secretariat formed to coordinate the anticipated activities ahead of the presentation of their feedback.
The leaders unanimously agreed to put their political differences aside and educate their people on the aspects of the BBI that affect their lives.
MP Metito called on his colleagues who failed to attend the meeting to respect the people who elected them by being free to offer their input on the report.
“Some of my colleagues may be giving their views elsewhere but what we have today is the official channel endorsed by the President,” said Metito.
Manje said a lot of civic education was needed and proposed a clear roadmap to be unveiled to track the progress of the consultation process.
The leaders praised governor Lenku’s leadership and thanked the President for choosing him as the BBI coordinator for the Maa counties.
“We have the privilege that one of our own will be in charge of Kajiado, Narok and Samburu counties. We are optimistic the interests of the minority communities will be addressed,” said MP Sunkuyia.
The Governor reiterated that the leaders must not lose sight of the bigger picture and invited those who were not present to join the BBI train.
“We are elected by the same people and therefore those with differences should keep them off this process,” said the governor.
Controversial ODM politician and a critic of Lenku, Innocent Katoo said he was in support of the appointment of the governor to spearhead the Maa nation.
“We are embracing this BBI because it belongs to the people we are leading. I am therefore announcing my support for Lenku so that we can be able to move and to be in tandem with the rest of Kenyans as a community,” said the county ODM chair.