President Kenyatta on Friday urged Nairobi residents to rally behind the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
Speaking in Nairobi’s Kayole area, Kenyatta said BBI is the solution to unending political hostilities among Kenyans every electioneering year.
The President spoke after launching the Soweto Level II Hospital and Community Water Supply Project, which was done by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).
He pointed out that due to BBI and his handshake with ODM leader Raila Odinga, he can freely visit areas previously considered hostile, including Embakasi East Constituency under MP Babu Owino.
“Kama siyo handshake huyu kijana hapa Babu Owino angekuwa ananitupia mawe hapa (Were it not for the Handshake this boy here Babu Owino would be stoning my motorcade),” said Uhuru amid cheers from the crowd.
At the same time, Uhuru hinted that the Kazi Mtaani Program, which is scheduled to end on March 4th, might be extended.
“When I was in Uthiru and Kiamaiko, and here, the youth have said they want Kazi Mtaani back, do you agree with them? Let’s see what we will do to have the program back,” said Uhuru.
The program was launched last year to provide social protection for casual laborers and youths impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the program, beneficiaries are entitled to a weekly stipend of Sh1,000 which is remitted through mobile money transfer.