The Luhya Elders Forum has supported the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) document saying it will heal the country from post poll violence.
Addressing the press in Bungoma town, the elders drawn from all the Luhya communities ee,ssaid that BBI must be passed because it is the brain child of the handshake.
The Forum Chairman Patrick Wangamati said that the country was headed to the wrong direction until the handshake was reached between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
“The forum therefore calls upon all elected leaders from Western region to get hold of the BBI, books, read them, understand and then carry out civic education of our community who are the voters that they fully understand the report before rejecting or accepting it,” he said.
Wangamati further stated that it supports inclusivity so that the winner does not take it all at the time of the elections.
The forum further calls for unity of purpose of our elected leaders so that as we go through BBI report we should remain united and move towards the proposed referendum when we are not united.
“We call upon our elected leaders to help build consensus on the question in the spirit of the handshake so that all the politicians, our clergy, elders, the youth and the civil societies should come together and drum up support in order to have a win win referendum,” said the former nominated Mp.
His sentiments were echoed by a secretariat member Francis Nyarotso who pointed out that the forum supports BBI to enable the country have a new plebiscite.
“As elders we have to give our people a new direction so that we have a constitution that will take the country into the new path,” he said.
Maurice Makhanu another member stated that Tanga Tanga story can plunge the country into violence because it is about the rich and the poor.
“BBI will cure all those anomalies, we need a peaceful country that will be appreciated by all Kenyans,” he said.